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Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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Jan 18, 2009

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Takes aim at Romantic views of man. Kids are cruel by nature and need civilization, which is what theologians call common grace. Stops short of pointing the way to special grace.
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Rylan McQuade What do you think about the hopeless conclusion? Do you think the story is more powerful b/c it has no apparent solution? Do you think the book could have been improved in any way? What were its weakest aspects (if any)?

Matt I don't think it's hopeless b/c the civilized world intervenes in the end to save the boy. It is the anti-Rousseau, anti-Emile book and for that I love it. Golding was thrilled that R.C. Sproul liked the book b/c he had been shunned by his own denomination (Southern Baptist). I only wish that Golding would also have pointed the way to special grace as well. It's hard to beat for showing the evil in the heart of man.

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