Hang on to your wimples. The Seduction of Almighty God is here, and its sure to have conservative religious types twisting in their pews for weeks to come.
Set in the 1600s, during the disbanding of the English monasteries, Howard Barkers cynical story of this grave era in English history scrutinizes its impact on religious faith and details the vast Church corruption that followed. All of this dire history is offset by a fictional and wildly gregarious boy priest whose innocent and passionate belief in God provides a canny counterpoint. The usual commentaries on religious conviction abound: Its a convenience for people of loose morals; its good for masking aberrant sexuality; its the only proper choice of good people everywhere.