The Language of Grace

The Language of Grace

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Hawkins explores both traditional and contemporary ways grace has been handled in literature. The traditional representation of grace is explained using, among other things, the parables of Jesus. Then he turns to more contemporary literature, including O'Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find, Percy's The Second Coming, and Murdoch's A Word Child. Through these novels and short stories, Hawkins highlights the impoverishment of spirit and imagination when religious language fails us. He presents three writers struggling to bridge the gap between ourselves and those mysterious realities we can no longer talk before her and joined to him by the ties of kinship which have their roots deep in the mystery she has been prattling about so far. ... They thought the Grandmother a witch, or The Misfit a satanic hero, or the latter half of the story a dream in Baileya#39;s ... Indeed, Oa#39;Connor criticism tends to ... Oa#39;Connora#39;s interpretation of a€œA Good Man Is Hard To Find, a€ does the story itself make such a reading compelling?

Title:The Language of Grace
Author:Peter S. Hawkins
Publisher:Church Publishing, Inc. - 2004-09-01


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