At first glance, most readers would not recognize Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple as a typical example of theological writing. After all, theological truths are usually revealed in ancient, often puzzling manuscripts which are neatly packaged and interpreted for us by doctrinal experts. Even some Sunday sermons take on an impersonal and otherworldly irrelevance which is a long way removed from the everyday earthiness of Walker's novel. But whether they have been exposed to theology in its strictest, formal sense or not, many readers will finish The Color Purple with the suspicion that they have somehow been exposed to a deeply theological experience.
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"The Theological Experience of The Color Purple,"
Draftings In: Vol. 3:
1, Article 4.
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