Religion happens outside the Bible—perhaps a great deal more, and with, perhaps, a great deal more truth than one is able to express in a church. Literature is the catalog, both historically and ideologically, of human ideas and ideals, so it is not strange that religious discourse in secular society should occur, and occur frequently, in the literature it produces. With the battles being waged locally, nationally and around the world over religion in contemporary society, we are reminded that far from representing archaic beliefs in our sophisticated society, religion is alive, well, and full of traditions with heavy meaning across the human spectrum.

For a fuller treatment of the discipline of Religion and Literature (or Theology and Literature as it is termed in the UK), see http://www.bu.edu/rl/rlhistory.html