I have heard from critics of O’Connor that claim her stories falsely use theology of suffering with grace as a way to justify using alot of violence and disturbing content in her stories.
Some will even say it is a sin to put disturbing imagery in one’s mind, even if the goal is to show the truth of suffering with grace. They will counter the argument that the bible is full of grotesque events, including the crucifixion of Christ, but those weren’t entertainment. They were historical events.
Some have even said that those who rely on her stories to get a better theological understanding of things are “spiritually immature”, because a more mature person would only focus on the true, the good, and the beautiful. They already know that there is sin and ugliness in the world. Having stories that portray it is only causing more damage. “Using the dark” is just a cheap way to satisfy base desires while at the same time, yearning for something spiritual.
So now this has me scrupulous when I engage in fiction similar to O’Connor.
Are the above complaints legit, or are their holes in their arguments?
These question of mine came after I read this blog from an O’Connor critic and the comments section of that blog.