Nobody Outside of Us, No Atonement

“[Ian] McEwan leaves us where he left Briony [from Atonement], with the grim realization that without something beyond us, outside ourselves, there can be no atonement. Such a message might not have been palatable for a mass movie audience because it goes against our cherished assumption that we can atone for our lives by the choices we make. But McEwan, a professed atheist, is more honest. No God, no atonement. We may yearn for it, but that’s all we can do. As he says, “The attempt was all.”” -Rankin Wilbourne, Union with Christ

 

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