(Above: Veselin Stoilov has been modelling Baby)
One of the ambitions with Baby The Knife is to work with topics that normally aren't dealt with in games. Our basic ideology is that if it's a fitting topic for a movie, it is also a fitting topic for a game.
That being said, I know that any game that has a critical approach to religion will be controversial. People have already expressed these concerns and one member have left the team because of the topic.
Baby The Knife is based on a wellknown and substantial theological problem and the purpose of the game is to raise awareness of the problem. Some might consider this an agressive and negative treatment of christians and christianity. But I want people to understand that this is not an attack on christianity or christians; Baby The Knife is merely a piece of art that deals with a theological issue.
The theological issue behind the game is the problem of evil. It is also know as the problem of God's justice, the Theodice-problem.
This is a simpified description of the problem.
It starts with the ontological proof of God. This was first described by the munk Anselm Of Canterbury in 1077. It goes like this:
God is explicitly defined as the most perfect being possible. Having real existence is better then just being an idea. So God must exist, - or else he isn't perfect. (If you are thinking about the most perfect non-existing being, you're not thinking about the most perfect being).
So God’s real existence follows by definition from his nature.
We still haven't defined how God is; only that he is perfect (In fact, we haven't even analyzed if God is male or female).
Now we need to define God's traits. I'll focus on the traits that are relevant for the Theodice-problem.
Being good is better then not being good, so God must be good.
Being all-knowing is better then not being all-knowing, so God must be all-knowing.
Being all-powerfull is better then not being all-powerfull, so God must be all-powerful.
So God is all-knowing, all-powerful and good.
Now, it is evident that there is evil and suffering in the world. People do evil things to each other and on regular basis thousands of people die in natural disasters. All of us have and inevitable will loose loved ones. One day we’ll leave our loved ones behind. And even if we’ll meet again in Heaven, the loss is still heartbreaking.
So if God is all-knowing, good and all-powerfull, why does he allow suffering and evil?
He's all-knowing, so he should know about it.
He's all-powerful, so he should be able to do something about it.
He is good, so he would want to do something about it.
Why doesn't he?
On a less theoretical and more practical level, this is experienced by believers as a unwillingness of God to aid them. God must clearly hear their prayers and know their suffering, but no matter how righteous lives they live, they still suffer. Why do God let their prayers for solace go unanswered?
Baby The Knife takes this issue and portrays it through the eyes of a 6 year old girl. We hope that the game will raise awareness about the issue and that christians will understand that we do not want to attack them. We just want to discuss religion through games.
As always, feel free to comment in here or contact me if you want to discuss this further.
(Henrik Harksen from HPL Mythos helped me to make sure that the above description of the Theodice-problem was correct).