qOld-time religionq has been and still is a uniquely potent force in shaping the imaginations of southern fiction writers. A little more than a generation ago, Flannery O'Connor made a startling observation about herself and her fellow southerners: qBy and large, q she said, qpeople in the South still conceive of humanity in theological terms. While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner who isn't convinced of it is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God.q Still earlier in the century H.L. Mencken wrote that the South consisted of a qcesspool of Baptists, a miasma of Methodists, snake charmers, phony real estate operators, and syphilitic evangelists.qI also wanted to tell you that I read your essay on the Book of John in Incamation, and gave my priest that book the next day. I told him that ... Ia#39;d read a lot about Iohn through the years, in my hobby of reading Christian 94 REYNOLDS PRICE.
|Title||:||The ChristHaunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction|
|Publisher||:||Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2012-01-01|