Books: Theology and the Computer Roger's Version

by John Updike; Knopf; 329 pages; $17.95

Roger Lambert, 52, is an assistant professor at a divinity school in a Northeastern U.S. city that sounds, as he describes it, a lot like Boston. He is also an ordained Methodist minister, although he gave up active duty 14 years earlier, after the love affair that scandalized his parishioners and broke up his first marriage. Esther, Roger's partner in adultery and now his second wife, comes from a family with money. The Lamberts live in a comfortable house full of books and tasteful furniture. Amid his predictable academic routine, the husband notices that his younger wife may be getting bored;...

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