The Road is a fundamentally agnostic novel, meaning that some characters seem to believe in God and others seriously doubt God's existence. The protagonist of the novel flips back and forth on whether he believes in God. McCarthy himself doesn't really weigh in. For long stretches, the novel's bleakness and horrific events might make the reader think God doesn't exist or has at least abandoned the characters in the novel. Then a lyrical, hopeful passage will crop up and suggest otherwise. Although the novel remains agnostic, it does suggest that the sacred might be found in other people – that even in the worst of times, goodness is enshrined in the person you love most.