Shuck and Jive

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Updike's Version

A couple of months ago I was browsing a used book store and picked up a paperback copy of John Updike's Roger's Version. Written in the early 80s it is about a Divinity School professor (Harvard?) who is challenged by a true believer who thinks he can prove God's existence via a computer program.

It is a great story with lots of theology (Barth and Tertullian are the professor's favorites), psychology, cultural observation, and of course, sex. The professor is a naughty boy.

Perhaps it is his naughtiness that enables him the grace to realize that the presence of God is in God's absence.

On the last day of the year of his death, I remember fondly, John Updike.