Religion: Everyday Dogma

Pert, pince-nezed Dorothy Leigh Sayers, 56, is best known to readers in the U.S. and Britain as a crack writer of whodunits (Busman's Honeymoon, Murder Must Advertise, etc.). But what really interests Anglican Sayers is religion. Two years ago she announced: "I have given up writing crime stories. Instead, I have engaged in a four-year task of translating Dante's Divine Comedy."

Published this week is a new Sayers book that lies somewhere between the two. Creed or Chaos (Harcourt, Brace; $2.25) is a collection of seven essays on contemporary Christianity, turned out with all...

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