By the time the credits began to roll for Lars and the Real Girl, the movie was at the head of my list of top movies of 2007. Writer Nancy Oliver and director Craig Gillespie deliver a sensitive portrait of Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling), a young man so gripped by shyness that the only companion he dares relate to is a life-size silicon doll.
Great stories touch on many themes and give us a long list of things that they could be said to be “about.” As I tell my students, if you think Moby-Dick is just about whale- hunting, you weren’t paying attention.
Imagine someone who, because he is not driven by fear of death, is able to undergo an absolutely typical lynching at human hands and to do so deliberately—showing that death, rather than being definitive and powerful, is no more than a frightening mirage. Christ calls the bluff of the lynching, enabling humans to be less driven by fear and a desire for revenge.
Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us
Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
The Nonviolent Atonement
by Denny J. Weaver
The Glory of the Atonement: Biblical, Historical and Practical Perspectives
Roger R. Nicole, Charles E. Hill and Frank A. James, eds.
Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience
JoAnne Marie Terrell
King, Priest and Prophet: A Trinitarian Theology of Atonement
Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus
Stephen J. Patterson
Violence, Hospitality and the Cross: Reappropriating the Atonement Tradition