Monday, December 1, 2008

Defining Christian Fiction Part Deau

If you haven't read the last post yet, go ahead. I'll wait. Hmmmhmmhmm.

Good you're back.

Before we get to the novels that fit my ideal definition, lets go one step further. (Or is it farther?) There are two types of Christian worldview novels:

The first is Christ identified worldview. These are novels about Christians, that mention the word Jesus, but don't necessarily provide Biblical exegesis. Christian readers identify with the characters and the situations sparking a connection--therefore a reaffirmation of one's faith. Donna Fleisher's novels are a wonderful example of this. These novels minister to the faithful, but don't often evangelize. Some seem not to regard ministering as important as evangelizing. Personally, I believe pastors are just as important as evangelists.

The second is a Christian philosophy worldview. These are novels penned by Christians who strive to keep their faith or at least, the word Jesus out of the story--narrated through the prism of overarching Christian tradition. These novels are hard to identify. Mainly because Christian philosophical worldview encompasses most of western civilization and a shared portion of Eastern religions. For me, the value of these types of novels is in providing a counter to the garbage pervasive in TV, books, and movies. A great example is one of my favorites: Ted Dekker's Thr3e. A great novel which explores a philosophical point, but does not point to Christ or even to Christianity for that matter.

Back to my main point. For ME, the perfect example of Christian fiction is . . .

To be continued . . .