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The NYT obituary.

Where would Intro to Lit be without “A&P” or “Pigeon Feathers“?

Robert K. Johnston’s essay on “John Updike’s Theological World.”

If one is to understand the fictive world of John Updike, his theological world view cannot be ignored. This world view might be summarized in the words of Pascal’s Pensée 507, which Updike quotes at the beginning of Rabbit, Run: “The motions of Grace, the hardness of the heart; external circumstances,”

The Times version:

In the richest detail, his books recorded the extremes of earthly desire and spiritual zealotry, whether the comic philandering of the preacher in ”A Month of Sundays” or the steady rage of the young Muslim in ”Terrorist.”

And briefly acknowledges the “influence” of Updike’s personal faith. God rest his soul.

ETA: More on Updike’s faith and work, including one of his remarkable poems, “Seven Stanzas at Easter.”

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