I just bought a copy of one of my all time favorite novels The Scarlet Letter (1850). Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the novel tells the story of how guilt canvases the human soul. Equally important, it illustrates how pivotal Christian community can be (for good or for ill) in dealing with the offending parties. I want to examine the book again, this time paralleling how community, sin, grace, and the need to belong play out in the book.
The last time I read this book, I was in high school. I am not the same person I was 16 years ago and I’m interested to see how my own perspective on some of the themes have evolved. More importantly, I want to juxtapose Scripture with Hawthorne’s classic to show how the characters in the book hold up.