William Inge (1913-1973) wrote plays of restrained optimism concerning broken families in small Kansas towns of the 1920's and '30's. He understood about the importance of sex in everyday life -- even in Protestant Middle-Western America during the Great Depression. He also understood about the Church and its disappointing failure to help people when the bottom fell out of their lives.
Yet there a wistfulness to Inge. He seems to be saying, 'If only'. If only our religious tradition had not declined so from the teachings of Christ.
This podcast talks about William Inge's perspective on the Church Defeated -- by itself ! He writes of sufferers with tender sympathy, with grace in practice.