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Often bleak and blasphemous, Samuel Beckett’s writing is not commonly considered a source of spiritual courage and theological depth, but “Christ’s Wait for Godot” finds much to admire in Beckett’s grey world. Stephen D. Morrison leverages his expertise in Jürgen Moltmann’s theology to read Beckett with a theologian’s eye and discover many surprising parallels. By also gleaning from the insights of Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the mystical and apophatic traditions, Morrison arrives at a highly original reading of Beckett that is at once comforting and challenging.
Most critics studying Beckett’s religious themes fail to reckon with the strength of his spiritual sensibilities. But there is tremendous metaphysical depth to Beckett’s obsession with suffering, protest, longing, and hope. Morrison strives to uncover new ways of reading Beckett’s work by taking his spiritual sensibilities seriously and reading him theologically. The result is a book at once hopeful and honest. In the end, it is Beckett’s humanity that impresses us the most. And in these uncertain times, we need writers who courageously wrestle with God, truth, and meaning.