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A Prayer for Owen Meany - Chapter 1, The Foul Ball Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 1, The Foul Ball Summary

Johnny Wheelwright sees many things in Owen Meany. He is the smallest boy Johnny has ever known, the boy with the most singular voice, and the instrument of his mother's death. However, it is not for these things that Johnny Wheelwright will remember Owen Meany. It is because he is the reason for Johnny's belief in God. "I am a Christian because of Owen Meany," Johnny Wheelwright boldly proclaims in the first paragraph of the novel.

Since he can remember, Johnny has been a regular churchgoer. Baptized a Congregationalist, Johnny switched at age 11 to the Episcopalian faith, after which he becomes "rather vague" in his religion. His final switch, twenty years prior, is to the Anglican Church. As an Anglican, Johnny swears, he will die. His faith, he admits, is a church-rummage faith, he is wont to...

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