The Death of Adam

The Death of Adam

Essays on Modern Thought

Book - 2005
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In this award-winning collection, the bestselling author of Gilead offers us other ways of thinking about history, religion, and society. Whether rescuing "Calvinism" and its creator Jean Cauvin from the repressive "puritan" stereotype, or considering how the McGuffey readers were inspired by Midwestern abolitionists, or the divide between the Bible and Darwinism, Marilynne Robinson repeatedly sends her reader back to the primary texts that are central to the development of American culture but little read or acknowledged today.

A passionate and provocative celebration of ideas, the old arts of civilization, and life's mystery, The Death of Adam is, in the words of Robert D. Richardson, Jr., "a grand, sweeping, blazing, brilliant, life-changing book."

Publisher: New York :, Picador,, 2005, ©2005.
ISBN: 9780312425326
Branch Call Number: 973. 92 ROB
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 21 cm

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srmechs Nov 27, 2014

I have not read all of this book, because the writing, which is excellent, is too intense for me. I can't cope with the energy I feel as I read it. However, I would disagree with the preceding comment -- that Christianity is the only achievement of humanity according to her. She has no problem criticizing Christians who distort religion into a sect or those who adapt Christianity to the economic system. As one who has lived in a convent for over 50 years, I agree with her. I just wish I had the stamina to take on the whole book.

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pridi_o
Mar 10, 2012

It seems that the only achievement of humanity in Marilynne Robinson's view is christianity. Everything else - science, Darwinism, modern thought - is a plague of our condition. Her logic is supported by emotional indignation and lines from scripture. Her book is full of spiteful comments even though she is an advocate of compassion, generosity, piety, good naturedness. She is an old-fashioned moralist and although some of her feelings about the culture and health of our arts can be easily shared, this caustic book is the waste of M.R.' incredible language talent.

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peterryancrane
Jul 15, 2010

This is a fine collection of Robinson's essays.

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