2166 - Reading Cormac McCarthy and the Christian Sacraments
Cormac McCarthy is arguably one of the great American writers of our time --- likely because he speaks about perennial life questions: Is there a God? Is there any meaning to our lives? How do we create a stable moral system in the midst of an increasingly violent world? What is the role of religion to do this? McCarthy's routine and extensive use of sacramental religious imagery means to deploy the development of a distinct moral vision and a sacramental ethic. The boundary between theological and literary forms becomes interestingly blurred when sufficient attention is paid to the Christian sacramental tradition, especially as it appears in this collection of novels. In this class, through the use of three different McCarthy novels, we will explore the role of religious ritual, sacraments, knowledge, and fate. Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos.
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