Tag: Flannery O’Connor


Your Money or Grace: You can’t have Both


Over two million people “liked” this picture on Facebook. Shockingly, the person that “shared” it was a Christian. I felt a rant coming on. “Taxed to the ‘breaking point’? Come on!” I desperately wanted to point out that the United States has one of the lowest tax rates in the...

Pious Cliché


In the book Mystery and Manners, Flannery O’Connor says that the separation of grace and nature does a disservice to both.  Emptied of the spiritual, nature becomes either sentimental or obscene (see previous post).  And emptied of nature, the spiritual becomes nothing more than pious cliché. It didn’t take long...

Precious Moments and Pornography


A friend of mine sent me this link of some great images: http://rachelheldevans.com/realistic-moments. These cartoons are a lot like the short stories of Flannery O’Connor—a little disturbing, but also funny.  Like O'Connor's stories, the cartoons expose a tendency for Christians to be too sentimental about aspects of their faith.  Some stories are more...