The Ghost and the Darkness

In the 1996 film, “The Ghost and the Darkness”, one of the characters is a Christian missionary to Africa, full of 19th century liberal Christian optimism. He’s helping to build a bridge, overcome disease, educate the people, and, oh yes, fight a pair of man-eating lions that have killed scores of people. The missionary is always optimistic, always has a smile, always looks on the bright side. His character is greatly respected and gets along with everybody, more or less. He thinks this is great adventure. His motto is, “This is marvelous. Just think what great things we’ll do once everyone’s heart is filled with the love of God.”

One of the lions eats him.

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