Modernity & Great Religious Fiction

But I don’t believe that we shall have great religious fiction until we have again that happy combination of believing artist and believing society. Until that time, the novelist will have to do the best he can in travail with the world he has. He may find in the end that instead of reflecting the image at the heart of things, he has only reflected our broken condition and, through it, the face of the devil we are possessed by. This is a modest achievement, but perhaps a necessary one. — Flannery O’Connor



  1. I’m a huge fan of O’Connor. But I think her quote, while true when she made it, doesn’t apply today. Because the barrier to entry for writing is now basically zero.

    The only challenge is to find this great religious fiction. Wherever it is. But it exists; with the world English-speaking population being so large, it has to.

  2. “Harmony between the artist and society must be regained; the
    dissociation must be broken down. That can only be done, however,
    by first putting society itself in order. In this connection, we must
    realize that discussions of what is good or bad art, no matter
    how devoted or learned, cannot avail to reestablish the arts in their
    old places.” Donald Davidson

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