Stanley Hauerwas, the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School, was born in Texas to a working class family of bricklayers. It was this blue collar upbringing that helped him to develop a strong work ethic and an awareness of what it is like to live outside of wealth and privilege.
The Leftovers is difficult to watch. It draws the viewer into the chaotic aftermath of tragic loss by taking us into the lives of characters who no longer have any sense of meaning or purpose. Thus far, partway into the first season, there is very little redemption to be found – which might actually be a reason to watch.