Quotation by Flannery O'Connor

The problem of the novelist who wishes to write about a man's encounter with God is how he shall make the experience—which is both natural and supernatural—understandable, and credible, to his reader. In any age this would be a problem, but in our own, it is a well- nigh insurmountable one. Today's audience is one in which religious feeling has become, if not atrophied, at least vaporous and sentimental.
Flannery O'Connor (1925–1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969).

From "Novelist and Believer," a paper given in March 1963 at a symposium at Sweet Briar College, Virginia. O'Connor was a devout Roman Catholic.
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