The 20th century American writer and daughter of the South Flannery O’Connor provides in her stories a rich and fertile source of material for Gil Bailie in his work exploring the connection of the theory of René Girard and the Gospel.
“When she died, Thomas Merton said of Flannery O’Connor that, while other people were comparing her to Hemingway he thought she should be compared to Sophocles.” (from the beginning of this audio recording)
In Gil Bailie’s 1989 presentation on the Flannery O’Connor story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” the theme of Western culture’s attenuated ability to provide a bulwark against humanity’s most destructive forces is explored. As the West moves ever closer in its embrace of Enlightenment rationalism as the foundation of its principles and further from the Christian realism regarding human nature a high price is paid. Many of the modern world’s politically correct psychological nostrums for human perversity are highlighted by O’Connor and shown to fail in the face of evil.