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By Christopher Douglas

The increase of the Christian correct took many writers and literary critics all of sudden, educated as we have been to imagine that religions waned as societies turned sleek. In If God intended to intervene, Christopher Douglas indicates that American writers struggled to appreciate and reply to this new social and political strength. Religiously inflected literature because the Nineteen Seventies needs to be understood within the context of this unexpected 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 Anzaldúa, Philip Roth, Carl Sagan, and Dan Brown. Their fictions engaged quite a lot of subject matters: spiritual conspiracies, religion and beauty, slavery and imperialism, evolution and extraterrestrial touch, exchange histories and ancestral spiritualities. yet this can be in basic terms a part of the tale. Liberal-leaning literary writers responding to the resurgence have been occasionally stressed by means of the Christian Right's unusual entanglement with the modern paradigms of multiculturalism and postmodernism —leading to complicated emergent phenomena that Douglas phrases "Christian multiculturalism" and “Christian postmodernism.” finally, If God intended to intrude indicates the worth of hearing our literature for its occasionally subterranean awareness to the spiritual and social upheavals occurring round it.

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Throughout both parts, I intersperse my examination of contemporary American fiction and the conservative Christian resurgence by looking briefly at the texts of the resurgence itself, including the Left Behind series, sensational Christian fiction like The Shack, and nonfiction resurgent Christian texts such as Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live? and Tim LaHaye’s Faith of Our Founding Fathers. Each chapter is a snapshot of the literary reaction to the conservative Christian resurgence, together encompassing a wide range of angles, from canonical multiculturalists through a progressive pantheist, a liberal Christian, a secular Jew, an early postmodern master, a working scientist, a late modern master, and a bestselling pop fiction author.

In this account—and anticipating my argument about Barbara Kingsolver in chapter 2—imperialism and proselytization are the real problems with Christianity. Silko’s multicultural fiction contests Christianity both on universal grounds, for its ideas and historical practices, and on relative grounds, that it is not right for the land and Indigenous peoples of the Americas. 44 M U LT I C U LT U R A L E N TA N G L E M E N TS The intertwining of Christianity and imperialism in America is likewise the historical backdrop of N.

153). The novelists here under study, Christians and non-Christians alike, answer that question differently, and proceed to wonder what the shape of God’s intervention is, and how we are to read its signs. If God Meant to Interfere: American Fiction and the Rise of the Christian Right’s goal is to map the strange, unanticipated return of resurgent, conservative Christi­ anity, as well as the strangeness of what its encounter with multiculturalism and postmodernism means for a literary history of the present.

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