Marillynne Robinson’s most recent novel Lila depicts a preacher, John Ames, whose personal theology is studded with uncertainty. Rather than being a weakness to his faith, however, his insecurity is actually his greatest strength. This unusual theological trait becomes especially applicable when placed in the context of the philosophical struggle between scientific positivism and humanistic reasoning. This article explores the nuances of Ames’ theology of uncertainty and expands its philosophical importance in a greater context.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"The Pastor's Theology of Uncertainty in Lila,"
Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism: Vol. 9:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/criterion/vol9/iss1/15