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Hatred between Belief and Faith: Conversion in The End of the Affair and Till We Have Faces

Hatred between Belief and Faith: Conversion in The End of the Affair and Till We Have Faces Br en t L i t tle Hatred between Belief and Faith Conversion in The End of the Affair and Till We Have Faces On the surface, Grahame Greene’s The End of the Affair (1951) and C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces (1956) could not seem more differ- ent, beyond the superficial similarities that both books are written by British converts to Christianity and published in the 1950s. The End of the Affair, inspired by Greene’s own adulterous affair with Catherine Walston, takes place in London during, and in the years surround- ing, World War II. The narrator, Bendrix, converts from atheism to belief after the conversion of his lover, Sarah. In contrast, Till W e Have Faces, inspired by Apuleius’s ancient Cupid and Psyche myth, is set in a pre-Christian pagan kingdom. The narrator, Orual, undergoes a conversion that plays out entirely within a culture saturated by belief in, and at times fear of, the pagan gods, a conversion that is explicitly pre-Christian in its historical context. Yet both novels portray characters whose conversions involve hatred of the divine. This hatred occurs between religious belief and faith, a hatred sprung from anger over the divine’s interference in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Hatred between Belief and Faith: Conversion in The End of the Affair and Till We Have Faces

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Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
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Abstract

Br en t L i t tle Hatred between Belief and Faith Conversion in The End of the Affair and Till We Have Faces On the surface, Grahame Greene’s The End of the Affair (1951) and C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces (1956) could not seem more differ- ent, beyond the superficial similarities that both books are written by British converts to Christianity and published in the 1950s. The End of the Affair, inspired by Greene’s own adulterous affair with Catherine Walston, takes place in London during, and in the years surround- ing, World War II. The narrator, Bendrix, converts from atheism to belief after the conversion of his lover, Sarah. In contrast, Till W e Have Faces, inspired by Apuleius’s ancient Cupid and Psyche myth, is set in a pre-Christian pagan kingdom. The narrator, Orual, undergoes a conversion that plays out entirely within a culture saturated by belief in, and at times fear of, the pagan gods, a conversion that is explicitly pre-Christian in its historical context. Yet both novels portray characters whose conversions involve hatred of the divine. This hatred occurs between religious belief and faith, a hatred sprung from anger over the divine’s interference in

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Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureLogos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture

Published: Mar 21, 2019

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