On Reading Well
Karen Swallow Prior
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling
By Henry Fielding
I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
In his Institutes of the Christian Religion, John Calvin wrote:
We are not to reflect on the wickedness of men but to look to the image of God in them, an image which, covering and obliterating their faults, an image which, by its beauty and dignity, should allure us to love and embrace them.
So are people good or evil? Is it possible to be totally depraved, yet a bearer of God’s image? In her book On Reading Well, Karen Swallow Prior explores this quandary in Chapter One.