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Poster for the film Life of Pi

A leap of faith

It was my first clue that atheists are my brother and sisters of a different faith, and every word they speak speaks of faith. Like me, they go as far as the legs of reason will carry them – and then they leap.

Life of Pi, Chapter 7

Life of Pi not only deals with questions of faith through the eyes of the central character Pi but it also requires from its audience a great leap of faith to believe that a boy could survive for so long in a lifeboat with a tiger.

For some people, faith helps them cope with evil and death. For others, it illuminates their lives and gives meaning.

Look closely at this film poster then discuss these questions with a partner or in your group.

In the novel, Pi’s teacher of biology Mr Kumar said:

There are no grounds for going beyond a scientific explanation of reality and no sound reason for believing anything but our sense experiences…God does not exist.

Life of Pi, Chapter 7

From what you know of the film, in what ways does the story of Pi challenge Mr Kumar’s atheist position?

Clip 1: Trailer

Clip 2: Pi & the flying fish