Atonement essay 2

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Judd Andrews THEO 215 Wojda Short Essay 2 02/11/08 Self-Atonement; the lack thereof In Ian McEwan’s novel, Atonement , Briony, our recently discovered narrator, closes the story by saying, “No atonement for God, or novelists, even if they are atheists.” It seems a simple enough claim that there is no atonement for God; after all, who would he (or she) have to atone to? By the very definition of atonement- forgiveness and reconciliation with God- His atonement would become self- reconciliation and therefore completely different than atonement in its traditional sense. More importantly however, for novelists: why is it that for them there is also “no atonement . . . even if they are atheists?” The nature of this claim is clearly not based on the necessity of faith, for it is not belief that damns these people from atonement; rather, it is their position of power in duplicating God’s role. Novelists’ absolute power in the creation of their stories and the outcomes of their
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