What Is Lee's Faith In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee, the author of the classic novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird" died a few weeks ago. Many conisdered her a one hit wonder, writing a great novel and never writing anything, at least for publicaton, ever again. Recently a second novel "Go Set a Watchman" a prequel of sorts was published. But many close to Harper Lee siad she never intended it to be made available to the public. It was an early work about the characters we would come to see in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

In some ways to lable Lee a one hit wonder may be a bit unfair. Rather than labling her the literay version of The Knack and "My Sharonna", it might be more accurate to say she hit her masterpiece ealry. It's easy to write, and write again when you keep getting better.
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As an adult, though I'm amazed at the insight Lee pours into Atticus Finch, who I will always see as Gregory Peck. Am I the only who hears Peck when you read the book?

I've no idea where Lee's faith was, although it is notable her funeral was in the local United Methodist church. But even if her personal faith isn't strong (I've no idea) there is a firm Christian witness in the book in Finch and in how he deals with the issues at hand.

Ficnh teaches us that winning isn't the reason we do something. We do things because they are right. Finch has no hope of winning the case in the sroty. Even though the evidence is strong in the favor of his client, the racisim and the salacious nature of the case of rape of a white girl are stronger still. Yet even though he knows he can't win. He still defends the innocent. How often do we hold ourselves back from doing the right thing, even in our own spiritual lives or in the world because we assume we won't be successful? Rightness more than success ought to be the measuring stick of our endeavors.

Change comes in small moments, bit by bit. Finch does lose the trial. But notice what happens
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