Godbody is an intensely religious novel and at the same time an uncompromising attack on organized religion.
For Sturgeon true religion has nothing to do with churches, priests, or hierarchies; nothing to do with commentaries, creeds, or theologies. True religion is not a question of celibacy, guilt or fear; true religion is love. It is love of a God who is not remote but present in everyone and everything; it is love of people and love of the body and love of nature. It is love of food and sex and beauty. True religion is a love rooted in sexuality, expressed through sexuality. In his last speech, the title character tells his friends, "If ever you want to touch the hand and heart of God Almighty, you can do it through the body of someone you love. Anytime.
Anywhere. Without no middleman."
The novel then is both...