X+Y = The Formula for Being Human


Once we cease to believe in God, it is not only the divine that we lose. We also lose the human. From a Christian perspective this of course makes sense, because human beings are made in the image of God, therefore to remove God from our human consciousness (if we could) is to demean, distort and degrade our humanity.

This thought occurred to me last week in the Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre as I watched the wonderful X+Y, the story of an autistic boy who turns out to be a maths genius.

For me it was a profound film, moving and helpful. (Don’t miss it – I doubt there will be a better film this year.) It was is not so much the plot (which I won’t spoil for you) or the brilliant acting, or the imaginative story telling, but rather the reflections on what it means to be human…

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