Study Guide

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Religion

By Ben Fountain

Religion

Woof. Religion can be a heavy subject. And Billy? Billy's got questions.

The hero of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was raised in Texas, the land of evangelists, so although he's not one of the people who asks himself What Would Jesus Do, he's not totally against that frame of mind, either. Mostly, he's trying to figure out how religion fits into a world that includes the awful things he's witnessed over in Iraq: how can you reconcile the two seemingly perpendicular perspectives of Peace Through Superior Firepower and Jesus Loves Us All?

Questions About Religion

  1. Does Billy consider himself religious? Christian?
  2. What are Kathryn's views about religion? How are they different from Faison's?
  3. Why do you think Bravo's victory tour included so much public prayer?
  4. How does Shroom influence Billy's thoughts on religion?

Chew on This

Billy feels more connected to Christianity because of his experiences in war.

Billy feels less connected to Christianity because of his experiences in war.

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