Cinema: A Theological Tug of Wills: AGNES OF GOD

AGNES OF GOD Directed by Norman Jewison; Screenplay by John Pielmeier

From the riddle of the Annunciation to the bloody sacrifice on Good Friday, the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church reverberate with two riveting forms of drama: the mystery play and the horror show. The complementary doctrines of faith and expiation set the tone for an ageold debate. To the faithful, the church is a magisterial edifice built on the miracle of mankind's redemption by a loving God made flesh. To the cynical atheist, it is a cult based on transcendental cannibalism: the belief that one can achieve salvation by literally consuming God in the form of the Eucharist. To the...

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