Religion: Toward the Heart

In both England and the U.S. last week, a bestselling novel was causing religious controversy. The novel: Graham Greene's The Heart of the Matter (see BOOKS).

The argument was over Author Greene's intention—and accomplishment. Greene is a Roman Catholic convert, with a convert's intensity: he recently voiced the hope that the Church may be driven underground, to find there a revival of spiritual force. Was his new book expounding a heresy or defending the faith? Had he made his "hero" a damned sinner or a shining saint—or merely a nice guy who didn't know how to get along with women? And what,...

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