In today’s pages we see the conclusion of Paneloux’s second sermon, and then his death following soon after. In his sermon he argues that “there is no middle way” — you cannot accept only certain aspects of the plague, of evil, but rather you “one must believe everything or deny everything.” As Tarrou says: “When innocence has its eyes gouged out, a Christian must lose his faith or accept the gouging out of eyes.” How fascinating, to juxtapose this sermon, so different from his first, with the priest’s death immediately after, a “doubtful case” of the plague. What is Camus doing here, with this death for Panaloux?
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