“Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents.” (CCC 390)
I love stories. I read a lot and I like going to the movies and watching quality television … and some not so quality, to be honest. I truly believe that the human mind is made to respond to stories. Whenever Jesus wanted to explain something to us, He told a story.
I love the insights of artists who can really make us see things in a new way or perhaps more clearly. Even in violent movies, I am touched by a moment of grace like the grandmother in Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” who has a sudden revelation of love in the midst of horrific violence.
The critically acclaimed HBO show Westworld has everyone talking right now. This article will remain spoiler-free but the second season finale had many twists and turns and has many people talking. But what interests me is the show’s view of humanity, which is … quite dire. And I’m totally on board with that. I’m all about the dire. I believe that people desperately need help of the supernatural variety. Westworld co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan’s talked about his show’s indictment of humanity with Entertainment Weekly. Mind you, his language is salty but the point is a good one.
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