Can art help us to discover whether it is easier to live a moral life with or without God? Listen as Mary Eberstadt discusses the stage adaption of The Loser Letters.
A wickedly witty satire, The Loser Letters chronicles the conversion of a young woman of Faith to Atheism…and beyond.
Based on the novel by Mary Eberstadt, and adapted for stage by Jeffrey Fiske (who also adapted today’s long-running version of The Screwtape Letters), The Loser Letters tells the tale of a sassy young addict named A.F. Christian.
A.F.’s open letters to the leaders of the New Atheism explain her reasons for rejecting God. Along the way she offers sharp and acute advice to leading atheists in the hope of helping them win over more people of faith. But what about all those serious, thoughtful people who are believers?
If the New Atheism is to make real headway, she argues, its advocates must do more to persuade the intelligent faithful to forsake God. A.F. is determined to help them do it — even if she is writing from an institution where all the attendants are identical, the director might not be human, and something called The Shadow constantly stalks our heroine.
Echoing C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters and Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Loser Letters uses humor and insight to take its protagonist through a full journey of changing faith and greater understanding.