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All stories presume the possibility of metanoia, of some character changing at an intrinsic level. Even if it doesn’t occur, the possibility must be held out to the reader. In that sense, story telling is innately Christian, even if there’s a historical process by which the pagan Epic of Gilgamesh resolved into the art of the Hebrew Torah. We say a certain art is Greek, even if the Phoenicians contributed to it, because the Greeks extended and perfected it to such an extensive, world-changing degree. I’m not afraid to give credit.

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