growing canon of "Lives of Saints" for women. Morrison's novels can be read as part of the modern feminine gospel. Thoughout the essay we have shown how our reading as a whole is biracial and how each critic's approach has enriched and enlarged the other's. Our approach has been the "both/and" approach that Ann Bedford Ulanov, a theologian, describes as matriarchal wisdom. Our approach has not been the patriarchal reasoning of "either/or" 35 that would select one of our readings as more right than the other. With ease and affection we have encouraged the other in her diverse reading. We believe this is a natural gift of being women, to respect the other's individuation even when it challenges our own.