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ERIC Number: EJ1176454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
The Spiritual Quest Amid Loneliness, Depression, and Disability: Reflections on "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green
Thomas, Trudelle
Religious Education, v113 n1 p73-83 2018
John Green's best-selling "The Fault in Our Stars" (2012) recounts two teenagers' quest for meaning in the face of loneliness, depression, disability, and loss, all intensified by a cancer diagnosis. Green uses secondary characters to present three common worldviews: existentialism, Christianity, and Buddhist mindfulness. The author analyzes these three characters (and the ideas they embody), arguing that Green misrepresents Christianity as a flat unreflective, domesticated "Christianity Lite." Four insights (with resources) are provided to foster deeper spirituality, especially from an authentic Christian perspective: intimate relationships; varied approaches to prayer when coping with heartache; respectful discussion of the purpose of human life; and access to the wisdom of the past.
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Language: English
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