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Marilynne Robinson's novels expose the religious wiring behind American culture

Portrait of Orleans by Edward Hopper: The protagonist of Lila “is uncomfortable with the stable world her husband wishes to provide her.” © bridgeman images

There is something puzzling about Marilynne Robinson’s place in American culture. It has to do with the way her admirers praise her bravery for writing Christian novels. At a time when American liberal Protestantism is thought to have irrecoverably surrendered…

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