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Where religious truth posits our beginning and end in God, and every person is his sacred image, evolutionism would have us believe we are an accident borne out of arbitrary reactions in a chemical soup which itself ultimately appeared out of a primordial chaos that defies any description.
Any awkward prose is easily offset by Doyle's many insightful comments, such as her claim that the "creation of Miss Jane might be said to have begun in a certain primordial chaos of authorial imagination and experience" or her assertion, in discussing A Gathering of Old Men, that "black and white men are in a level shooting match in the dark; the alternation of racial narrators works like an exchange of shots.
As a comment on his situation, this magnificent picture, powerfully evocative of the primordial chaos of the human condition, is one of his most personal.