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Word

25 Aug 2000

Sco’s word of the day: salvific. Try using it in a sentence! Here’s an example, regarding the literary depiction of ‘unwholesome’ scenes: “The picture is not always pretty, and the very ugliness of the scene is often necessary to accurately portray the degree of depravity and the miracle of salvific turns in fiction.” Which reminds me of something Flannery O’Connor said, completely unrelated to the word salvific: “I have found that violence is strangely capable of returning my characters to reality and preparing them to accept their moment of grace. This idea, that reality is something to which we must be returned at considerable cost, is one which is seldom understood by the casual reader, but it is one which is implicit in the Christian view of the world. I have found, in short, from reading my own writing, that my subject in fiction is the action of grace in territory held largely by the devil.”