We live in a country that’s become incredibly, dangerously polarized by questions of faith. The fastest growing religious segment in America is the “nones”—people who don’t belong to any faith at all—and yet attendance at new, mostly-evangelical megachurches also continues to rise. Meanwhile, according to Pew, 45% of Americans practice different religions than those they were raised in. We think in absolutes, but the facts show that we live in fluid gray areas.
These are difficult times in America. We don’t know how to resolve the differences between us. The time is right for a story about characters who live in the muddy middle, rather than absolute certainty: a man of the cloth who’s lost his faith, but not his will to serve his congregation, and a strong believer struggling with her own personal self-doubt. We need to show audiences new and more complicated ways to live in relationship with belief: not by holding hard-and-fast positions, but as complex, nuanced humans full of questions and incomplete half-answers.
We need All Souls.