McCarthy, at the age of 74 and in the same year he wrote his most popularly successful novel, The Road, turns around and gives us a straight-up, no tricks, good old Greek dialog on faith. For and against, Black vs White.
Those are actually the characters' names in the text: Black, a black man, played by Samuel L Jackson in the upcoming HBO production, and White, a white man, played by Tommy Lee Jones. White does not believe in God, and he has just tried to jump under the eponymous train. Black does believe in God: he stopped White from jumping and brings him to his apartment, where the action opens.
|This is not Sam's costume for this production.|
Books about God are usually chock-full of bullshit. Whether it's The Bible or The God Delusion, there is a remarkably high background level of seemingly unavoidable bullshit associated with talking directly about religion.
|"Show me a religion that prepares one for death... there's a church i might enter"|
"White" is no Dawkins or Hitchens: (" He has lost faith not only in God but in humanity too. "Black" is no professor. There is no tired argument about intelligent design or the anthropic principle. Black is a good old fashioned theist, a St Augustine type: ("If it ain't got the lingerin scent of divinity to it then I ain't interested").
McCarthy very astutely leaves the audience considering the predicament of the two characters at the end of the play. Through my atheist eyes, Black looks foolish. Deluded. But White, with his complete loss of faith in any form of value, is no role model either.