Authors and god(s)

You don’t see much of the omniscient narrator these days. Remember how an author used to take you into a room and let you see the thoughts of everyone in there? That type of writing fell into disrepute and became confused with “head-hopping,” which is the practice of switching point-of-view characters within a single scene.
I’ve been wondering, is there a relationship between religious belief and use of the omniscient narrator? Would a person who doesn’t believe in an all-knowing, ever-present Creator use a narrator with those qualities? Did the change to single points of view in fiction have anything to do with the decline of religion? Is there a link between spiritual beliefs and literary trends?
There has probably been a study on this topic. I haven’t found one yet, but I did see a journal article by William Nelles called “Omniscience for Atheists: Or, Jane Austen’s Infallible Narrator.”
I didn’t learn much about atheism from the article. I skimmed over a page littered with words such as heterodiegetic, omnitemporal, and anachrony. In fact, I skimmed all the way to the concluding paragraph, in which the author finally demonstrated atheism by saying, “The template for the narrator in Austen is not at all a Godlike omniscience, but a very human skill…observation.”
And with that I observe that it’s after midnight and my original question remains unanswered. I think I’ll accept the mystery and rely on faith, at least for now.


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