Scenes of grief

News of Reynolds Price's death on January 20 prompted me to revisit several of my favorite books by him. Price taught at Duke University and wrote novels, poetry and essays that deal with religion and theological themes. Raised a Methodist in rural North Carolina, he called himself an "unorthodox nonchurchly believer." In Three Gospels, Price paraphrases Mark and John as well as his own gospel, "An Honest Account of a Memorable Life: An Apocryphal Gospel." In A Serious Way of Wondering: The Ethics of Jesus Imagined, Price reflects on Jesus and three moral issues: suicide, homosexuality and the plight of women in a male-dominated culture.


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