This is from a comment response to a post here (with slight editing so as to make my writing look better than it is).
The divide is not between some generic “catholic” Church (which oddly includes magisterial Protestants) versus the more modern “Baptist”, but rather the older one of nature and grace. Modern evangelicalism looks a lot more like medieval Romanism in this regard than many would care to admit. The classic Protestant position admits that nature is already a reflection of the divine and possesses its own integrity. This is also why it is no surprise to find great works of techne among even the non-believers and pagans (see for instance, the sons of Cain in Gen. 4:20-22).
It isn’t obvious how the “good writers” are uniquely influenced by their “catholic” or “paedobaptist” theology. O’Connor loves the pentecostals in her works, and the most common “sacramental” occurrence is sermonic by way of speech, even prophetic critique.
Lewis is an all-time great, atop my list of heroes, but he’s as much Barfield as he is Hooker. Augustine, Plato, and Hegel walk into a bar…
Merton is Catholic, but deeply fascinated by Eastern and non-Christian thought.
We could add more modern day “catholic”-feeling writers who are nothing of the sort: Borges, Eco, or even Cormac McCarthy. I see folks mining these guys for “sacramental” mystique all of the time, but I doubt they’d actually like what they got from a conversation with any of them.
And let’s not throw Bunyan out the window simply due to familiarity. He was really a Baptist. Like for real. Yet he was also pretty much the #1 best seller until Harry Potter (which is an interesting conversation itself).
The fact of the matter is that good writing is a product of anthropology. It’s nature in all of its good divine-reflecting glory. There are too many great writers from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and even atheist backgrounds for us to miss this point, and again, it isn’t always so easy to tell whether they are drawing inspiration from or reacting against their backgrounds. To pick the best for “our team” after the fact is just poor manners.
“Worldview,” “sacramental,” and “catholic” are all tired and need to be put to bed.