Can Faith in the Better Story Sustain Us? Survival and Significance in “Life of Pi”

Faith in the better story is an important signal, but is it wondrous and hopeful enough? Ang Lee’s ambitious -- and, on the whole, successful -- film adaptation of Yann Martel’s acclaimed novel Life of Pi begins with a rather audacious claim: we’re going to be told a story that “will make [us] believe in God.” There has been much conversation within religious circles regarding the film’s somewhat controversial religious themes. But before approaching those themes, it’s helpful to consider this o … [Read more...]