Theology: Literature in the Divinity School

Is William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury a religious novel? Faulkner himself was a somewhat cynical agnostic, and few readers would find much spiritual comfort in his dour chronicle of the Compson family. But to Professor Nathan Scott of the University of Chicago Divinity School, the answer is clearly yes. Behind the novel's secular fa?ade, he argues, lies a poetic expression of what theology calls kairos—the divine gift of time span in which man exists on earth.

Aeschylus to Altizer. Scott, who has a B.A. in English literature and a Ph.D....

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