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Esther and The Mexican


The Mexican can serve as a good heuristic example of the theology that one finds in the Book of Esther. It is a theology of divine fate. God is in total and somewhat paradoxical control of human events. Individuals enjoy some measure of free will, and God guides them inexorably toward the ultimate goal that is redemptive in nature. The fact that various characters in both works act willingly without fully understanding their role in the larger scheme of things reflects the difficulty of teaching the theological principle upon which the Book of Esther is based. The movie does present a clear picture of the difficulty. Diverse and somewhat contradictory events may appear to have no connection. Yet somehow all events are connected and at the time of redemption, all connections become clear to all. In this sense it is quite surprising to find The Mexican and the Book of Esther supporting the same notion of redemption.