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A Sacramental Viewing Of 'Atonement': The Movie, Vaughan S. Roberts May 2008

A Sacramental Viewing Of 'Atonement': The Movie, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

The movie version of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement, directed by Joe Wright, raises interesting questions about implicit sacraments in films. This presentation explores how the film of Atonement develops and introduces Christian themes into the storyline and the way in which this might reflect more widely upon the place of Christianity in a secular world. A version was written up for the journal Implicit Religion and can be found here https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/IR/article/view/6300


The Sea Of Faith: After Dover Beach?, Vaughan S. Roberts Jun 1997

The Sea Of Faith: After Dover Beach?, Vaughan S. Roberts

Vaughan S Roberts

The metaphor of ‘the sea of faith’ comes from Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach (1867) and has been explored subsequently by a number of theologians, notably Don Cupitt in his BBC TV series of the same name and the Sea of Faith Network founded to explore his ideas. This paper explores how the image of the sea functions in Arnold’s poem and his The Forsaken Merman before arguing that R. S. Thomas’s use of the sea in his poem Tidal provides a better theological metaphor than Arnold’s.