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'Christ Actually' argues for belief through imitation
'Christ Actually' argues for belief through imitation

Advent is upon us. Just days from now Christ will again be born. Can you believe it? Really, can you believe it? Christian writers and other authors taking up the figure known as the Christ often find themselves haunted — or, if you'll have no truck with holy ghosts, challenged — by Flannery O'Connor's ambition "to make belief believable." Doing so in America was difficult when O'Connor first presented this notion in 1963, and it sometimes seems impossible now that God's disappearance feels so complete. And yet there are those of us, writers of fiction and nonfiction alike, who continue to try to find and then reveal a Christ someone can...

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