FRENCH writer Laurence Cosse’s theological thriller, A Corner of the Veil, tells of a priest who stumbles across irrefutable proof of God’s existence.
God is no longer mysterious, and evil is no longer a mystery. God is neither heartbreaking nor heartbroken. God is real.
Cosse, a former president of the European Community Commission, looks at the likely impact of such a revelation.
Hours before the news is to be released, there are concerns chaos will result.
The Economics Minister worries the news will be a heart attack to the economy – people will not bother to go to work or school.
The Minister of Justice foresees anarchy. The Minister of the Interior predicts religious warfare. And a strategist for the Prime Minister believes that within a year, the world will become “one huge monastery”.
Some Catholic leaders predict they will lose many of their flock to the Protestants because “in direct contact with the Father, they would use no intermediary”.
Some religious leaders think they have “won” a spiritual war. Others tell themselves they will soon roast in hell.
Intellectual theologians cry like babies and the interesting theological debates cease. This is a world suddenly without much fun.
The novel’s overiding moral is that without mystery, there is no faith. And without faith there is not much point to life. No learning to live happily with the unknown future.
Thank God the real world is still mysterious. And still a challenge.