Life of Pi

how does the author use zoology and religion to explain pi's journey and survival?

the study of zoology and spirituality is very prominent in this book. and so I was wondering how Yann Martel uses zoology and religion to explain the journey and survival of Pi

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The theme of science  (includes zoology) and religion as not opposed but in concert with each other is present primarily in the framing of the narrative. It is exemplified in Pi’s dual major at the University of Toronto of Religion and Zoology, which he admits he sometimes gets mixed up, seeing the sloth that he studied as a reminder of God’s miracles. Similarly, Pi’s favorite teacher, Mr. Kumar, sees the zoo as the temple of his atheism. The theme of the connection between science and religion also is related to Pi’s respect for atheists, because he sees that they worship science as he worships God, which he believes is not so very different.