Spring 1984 • Vol. VI No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1984 |

Language of Grace

The Language of Grace: Flannery O'Conner, Walker Percy, & Iris Murdoch by Peter S. Hawkins. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 1983. xiv + 137 pages. $7.00.   Students of theology share with the student of literature an interest in the powerful process of "naming," giving definition by our language to the reality we perceive. In this elegant and finely-crafted set of four interrelated lectures Peter Hawkins uses a literary focus that opens up the work of three modern novelists to illuminate common issues for both religious communication and literary criticism. Amos Wilder, Owen Barfield, Frank Kermode, and Nathan Scott are the company of witnesses Hawkins joins in probing the nature and function of the symbols we use to understand and name human experience, religious or otherwise. O'Connor, Percy, and Murdoch are grouped together by the author because they have in their fiction and nonfictional prose addressed the problems of religious communication in an era la

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