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  • The Gospel: According to Matt is a novel, told in the first person, simple past tense, depicting the struggle of a young man attempting to make sense of his relationship with his estranged father as he wrestles with a growing crisis of faith. Matt is deeply sincere in his desire to do right, but he is, at heart, skeptical of the teachings of his mother's fundamentalist church. In the beginning of the novel Matt attempts to avoid confronting his own feelings about faith. The novel consists of four major movements, two of which are explored in the present document. The first of these details Matt's trip across the county with his father, a rowdy truck driver. Matt's conservative Christian values are challenged at every turn by his father's behavior and outlook, which are foreign to him. Matt finds himself compromising his principles in small things, and he must face his growing fear that, inside, he is just like his father. In the second movement, Matt is dropped off by his father at a summer Bible camp, where he expects to find companionship and guidance that will reestablish his faith. In the camp, though, he is disappointed to find that his peers do not take their faith as seriously as he tries to take his, and some are even engaged in sexual activity while in camp. Further, Matt is thrown off balance by the secular and liberal viewpoints of some of the faculty. In the creation of this document I have paid special attention to the voice of the narrator in an attempt to capture the nuance of late adolescence, while balancing the perspective of a retrospective narrator who is aware of the irony of the situations and experiences he is recounting.
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