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The On Being Project

Mary Doria Russell

The Novelist as God

Our guest has grappled with large moral and religious questions on and off the page. We discover what she discerned -- in the act of creating a new universe -- about God and about dilemmas of evil, doubt, and free will. The ultimate moral of any life and any event, she believes, only shows itself across generations. And so the novelist, like God, she says, paints with the brush of time.
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  • Mary Doria Russell

    Mary Doria Russell

    is a retired paleoanthropologist and the author of four novels, including The Sparrow and Children of God.