In Seventh Son Reverend Thrower battles with spreading his message of God to the entire village. He believes that spreading the word of God will help save the world and is his duty. There are many references to the devil when a chapter is in Thrower's point of view. Thrower believes the visions of the Visitor, are visions of an angel guiding him to complete God's wish, but to me, the Visitor seems devilish. The Visitor seems to be on the side of evil when he says, speaking of Alvin Junior to Thrower,
" If he recovered, he would be removed from your reach, and would thus go on to destroy all that you and I love in this world. But if he died, our great cause would be safe. Now suppose that someone put a knife into your hand, and begged you to perform a delicate surgery upon the boy. And suppose that if you were to slip, just the tiniest bit, your knife could cut a great artery. And suppose that if you simply delayed, his lifeblood would flow out so quickly that in moments he would die" (198).
In my opinion, the reader should be well aware by this point that Alvin Junior has no intention to destroy, but instead to create. He hopes to rid the world of evil, which, for him, is the Unmaker. Alvin seems to also be protected throughout the novel by, who we later find out, 'Little' Peggy. Alvin and Taleswapper seem to have goodhearted intentions to protect the world. Reverend Thrower wants to spread Christianity and become a strong church leader, but it is hard to tell whether religion is considered a good thing opposite of the spirituality of many of the women and Taleswapper.
Throughout the book, Orson Scott Card puts 'witchery' in a good light and makes Christianity seem slightly ignorant and harsh. Is Orson Scott Card trying to send a bigger message about religion to his readers? Does he believe religious institutions are often evil?