Fr Longenecker Compares and Contrasts Percy and Updike

Fr. Longenecker traces some interesting degrees of separation and talks about how Updike is too dirty in a despairing way that Percy is not.

This could be examined more critically, but I think there’s some truth to the comparison. The crux of the difference, perhaps, is the incarnation and differing responses to it … and something about the Protestant/Catholic divide. I have a fantastic notion that Updike would have become the greatest novelist ever, instead of merely the enormous prolific talent that he undeniably was, had he just followed Percy down the Catholic path of sacrament and blood.


  1. Updike you were more likely to finish the book.

  2. Jonathan Webb says

    I disagree.

    However, regarding Fr Longenecker I'm in complete agreement. Updike was an unparalleled wordsmith.

    He also seemed like a really nice guy and I was sad when he died.

  3. Rufus McCain says

    Are you disagreeing with Anonymous or me?

    Anonymous's comment isn't worth disagreeing with. It is to be disregarded.

  4. Jonathan Webb says

    I agree with RM 100%.

  5. Rufus McCain says


  6. Rufus McCain says

    I only agree with myself about 10% of the time.

  7. Jonathan Webb says


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