The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars Theme of Religion
Despite the name, Hazel Grace definitely isn't the religious type. But for many people, religion goes hand-in-hand with dying. Augustus's parents take real comfort in their belief in God; Patrick, who runs Support Group, also encourages the kids to turn to religion as they face down their own deaths. Whether or not the characters in The Fault in Our Stars take comfort in religion, though, its presence clues us in to the many different ways people cope during the toughest times.
Questions About Religion
- What is the importance of religion to different people in the book?
- Why is it so important to Patrick that they're in the "literal heart of Jesus"?
- What is Hazel's take on religion and belief in God?
- When Augustus says that he believes in an afterlife, does that necessarily make him religious?
Chew on This
All of the characters in The Fault in Our Stars have a different approach to religion, which is inextricably linked to how they are dealing with their mortality or the mortality of those that they love.
Even though Hazel is not religious and finds it at odds with intellectualism, her perspective changes when she has in-depth conversations with Augustus and her father, who both have their own take on spirituality.