The Sunset Limited McCarthy, Cormac October 24, 2006

McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited”, consists exclusively of dialogue between two characters, Black and White. Black, a passionate Christian believes God sent him to stop White ,a depressed and suffering non-theist from taking his own life. What ensues is a fascinating dialogue between the wildly different perspectives on the meaning or life, suffering, and the existence of god.

The ending to this book is bleak, and it doesn’t attempt to offer clear answers, or to find solutions. As a fictional account of a discussion between a theist and non-theist, “The Sunset Limited” is engrossing, and emotionally honest. The dialogue would be of great interest to any atheist who has tried to have a deeper conversation with a theist.

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