Implicit Sacraments in Atonement: The Movie


  • Vaughn S. Roberts Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick UK



Implicit religion in films, Ian McEwan, Joe Wright, Atonement


The movie version of Ian McEwan’s novel Atonement, directed by Joe Wright, raises interesting questions about implicit religion in films. This paper explores how the film of Atonement develops and introduces Christian themes into the storyline, and the way in which this might reflect more widely upon the place of Christianity in a secular world.

Author Biography

Vaughn S. Roberts, Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick UK

Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick UK


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How to Cite

Roberts, V. S. (2009). Implicit Sacraments in Atonement: The Movie. Implicit Religion, 11(3), 297–308.