Molly McCully Brown

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, named one of the “Top Books of 2017” by the New York Times. She is a 2018 United States Artists Fellow, and the Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at the Oxford American.

March 13, 2018

A feature essay from the 100th issue.

For Evangelical believers, the most important decision in one’s life—in some ways, the only choice that really matters—occurs abruptly, in the direct presence of God and other people, and then can’t be undone. Salvation is necessarily instantaneous and immutable, fundamentally unlike the glacial back and forth of politics, the way power changes hands and people change sides, all of it somehow both infuriatingly slow and unfathomably small in contrast to the Kingdom of God.