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Overview

Studying such literary figures as Frederick Buechner, Albert Camus, George Dennison, Ursula Le Guin, C. S. Lewis, Alan Paton, Ignazio Silone, Alice Walker, Elie Wiesel, and Charles Williams, Robert McAfee Brown illustrates "the liberating power of fiction" by enabling the reader to enter their worlds. Brown asserts that although there is no faith that offers ironclad guarantees against future struggles, the wisdom of these authors can help us toward praising and rejoicing.

Studying such literary figures as Frederick Buechner, Albert Camus, George Dennison, Ursula K. LeGuin, C.S. Lewis, Alan Paton, Ignazio Silone, Alice Walker, Elie Wiesel, and Charles Williams, Brown illustrates "the liberating power of fiction" by enabling the reader to enter their worlds. Brown asserts that although there is no faith that offers ironclad guarantees against future struggles, the wisdom of these authors can help us toward praising and rejoicing.

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As a starting point, Brown uses the biblical story of Nathan, who tells King David an analogous story (one that leads David to perceive his own serious sin). He then affirms a personal belief ``that God can use all things for the fulfillment of the divine purposes, including the full message of non-Christians rather than only selected congenial portions.'' Brown analyzes selected works by 14 20th-century writers and espouses his belief that entering fictional worlds can be a powerful, liberating experience, since it temporarily releases one from social oppression, impersonal fate, and personal sin and guilt. Such rejoicing reminds the author of the wonder of communication, human doubt, empathy, shared goals in spite of different means, and most of all, integrity. Recommended for most religion collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664253813
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 0.37 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Introduction: "Persuade Us to Rejoice" 11
1 The Power of a Story: The Nathan Syndrome 19
2 Cut Flowers, Selective Gratitude, and Assyrians in Modern Dress 30
3 Four Ways of Waiting: A Case Study (J. D. Salinger, Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, W. H. Auden) 41
4 Strange Names for a Shapeless God: Ignazio Silone 55
5 The Human Obligation to Question God: Elie Wiesel 69
6 The Affirmation and Negation of Images: Charles Williams 83
7 Grace in the Midst of Judgment? Albert Camus, The Fall 95
8 Fragments in the Midst of Brokenness: Alan Paton, Too Late the Phalarope 102
9 Affirmation in the Midst of Complaint: C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces 112
10 Sainthood in the Midst of Earthiness: Frederick Buechner, Brendan 121
11 Strength in the Midst of Pain: Alice Walker, The Color Purple 127
12 Love in the Midst of Horror: George Dennison, Luisa Domic 135
13 Fantasy in the Midst of "Reality": Ursula LeGuin, Always Coming Home 139
Epilogue: Persuaded to Rejoice 149
Notes 155
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