Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Hmm …

… What Are We Doing Here? | James Ley on Marilynne Robinson . (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

She has never concealed the fact that her religious faith is the bedrock of her political views. She is a practising Calvinist and a liberal theologian with a particular interest in the intellectual history of the modern era. The version of religious humanism she defends in her essays is characterised by its firm opposition to anything that smacks of rationalism or materialism or determinism — modes of thinking she sees as pervasive and pernicious.

My own impression has always been that her political views serve as the bedrock of her religious faith. And I would like to know how she addresses such Calvinist notions that we are unable not to sin because of our fallen nature and that God has predestined some for salvation and some for damnation.

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