"who kept his father’s belief in the celestial derivation of his own species"
Elohim creating Adam
Public DomainElohim creating Adam - Credit: William Blake

Though Quentin’s father isn’t the first Mississippian to poke fun at this notion — Mark Twain does so with great relish in numerous of his works — atheism was, and still is, a highly unpopular position. Deep in the Bible Belt, Mississippi has been passionately religious since colonial times, and evangelical Protestantism has been dominant since the Civil War. According to the American Religious Identification Survey, 95 per cent of contemporary Mississippians feel that religion is an important part of their daily lives.