If God Meant to Interfere

If God Meant to Interfere

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The rise of the Christian Right took many writers and literary critics by surprise, trained as we were to think that religions waned as societies became modern. In If God Meant to Interfere, Christopher Douglas shows that American writers struggled to understand and respond to this new social and political force. Religiously inflected literature since the 1970s must be understood in the context of this unforeseen resurgence of conservative Christianity, he argues, a resurgence that realigned the literary and cultural fields. Among the writers Douglas considers are Marilynne Robinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas Pynchon, Ishmael Reed, N. Scott Momaday, Gloria AnzaldAoa, Philip Roth, Carl Sagan, and Dan Brown. Their fictions engaged a wide range of topics: religious conspiracies, faith and wonder, slavery and imperialism, evolution and extraterrestrial contact, alternate histories and ancestral spiritualities. But this is only part of the story. Liberal-leaning literary writers responding to the resurgence were sometimes confused by the Christian Right's strange entanglement with the contemporary paradigms of multiculturalism and postmodernism a€”leading to complex emergent phenomena that Douglas terms qChristian multiculturalismq and a€œChristian postmodernism.a€ Ultimately, If God Meant to Interfere shows the value of listening to our literature for its sometimes subterranean attention to the religious and social upheavals going on around it.8. There are yet other influences on the Gnostic worldview: Ehrman suggests, for instance, that the radical dualism of Gnostic theology ... Indeed, attentive to the geography and history of this religious opposition to evolution, McCarthy ... writer and authority (like Sagan) who was directly involved with the new resurgent legal challenges to teaching evolution. ... eaten from the inside out, while alive but paralyzed, by the many wasp species that use this practice for hatching their larvae.

Title:If God Meant to Interfere
Author: Christopher Douglas
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2016-04-21

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