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The majestic mundane

Marilynne Robinson’s newly-published Lila compels us to look afresh at the commonplace.

Crossing the Culture Angeline Liles
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Sunrise over the city | photo: iStock

‘The world is charged with the grandeur of God’, Gerard Manley Hopkins once wrote. In those rare, clear moments when our eyes are unveiled, we might sometimes have a sense of this grandeur. We know it best when we behold a mountainscape or sunset, a new-born baby or a perfectly formed rose. The psalms are brimfull of wonder at the beauty of creation, and return to God praises for making it so.