Frederick Buechner, Novelist With a Religious Slant, Dies at 96

In a 1994 Times essay, he wrote, “contrary to prevailing religious beliefs.” He wins wars one side over the other, and introduces bills in Congress to make prayer constitutional in schools. “

Buchner said he believes chance dominates much of the universe, but “God, through what happens by chance, has the inner It opens up the possibility of self-redeeming human change.”

Buechner moved from job to job during the Great Depression and committed suicide at the age of 10, escaping a chaotic childhood in which his family moved frequently to attend a private boarding school and attend his father’s alma mater, Princeton University. and held a teaching position for several years before embarking on a writing career in New York City.

His first novel, A Long Day’s Dying (1950), about the conflict between a college student, his widowed mother, his grandmother, and his mother’s lover, was published when he was 23. . “Overall, this is a work of true art, sensitivity and extraordinary human understanding.

It was not until the publication of his less successful second novel, The Difference Between Seasons (1952), that Mr. Buchner attained a spiritual awakening. Madison He attended the Avenue Presbyterian Church and listened to its prominent minister, George His Battrick sermons, which inspired him.

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