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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Symbolism on the NYT bestseller list

Jodi Picoult's The Tenth Circle made its first appearance this week on the New York Times Bestseller list--it debuted at #2. The #1 bestseller is the recently released James Paterson and Maxine Paetro novel, The Fifth Horseman. With The Da Vinci Code following up at third, I'm starting to see a theme. The use of religious symbolism in literature is alive and well.

There was some argument awhile back about whether a public institution should be allowed to offer an elective of the Bible as literature. Given how much biblical symbolism has always been and continues to be present in Western literature, I'm not sure how you justify not offering it. Are we not taking an allergy to religion just a little too far?


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