Hope and Tragedy in Life and Literature

Bruce Smith
July 9, 2024

A reflective article from a talk given by the author, which considers how the presentation of tragedy and hope depicted in literature, compares with the human experience in life. A thoughtful explanation of the Gospel narrative is included.

"This is not, from the Bible’s point of view, the best of all possible worlds. It is the outside-Eden world where we live, and where we live out the consequences of our estrangement from God for our disobedience before God. We are dislocated creatures. As such, we are not at ease with God, or indeed with our neighbours, or indeed with our environment. We cannot do without all three, but we deny, or we dispute, or we mismanage, the relationships at each level. We are disengaged from God; we are strangers to one another, and to ourselves; and we are fragile and dangerous in a world that supports us but also threatens to destroy us. These are the raw ingredients that will provide us with sufficient material to compose and constitute the tragic dimensions of life."


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