How’s the Weather? (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

How’s the Weather: Modern Day Evangelism in The Club of Queer Trades I once wrote a short story for a creative writing class about a guy at a bus stop. He talked about the most random, incoherent, and meaningless things, and it drove the woman sitting next to him crazy. I won’t reproduce that story here; I will only say that my professor loved it, though … Continue reading How’s the Weather? (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Through the Looking Glass (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Through the Looking Glass: Our World and Hope for the New Jerusalem in The Man Who Was Thursday The apostle Paul once wrote that we currently “see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Cor 13:12). James likewise uses the image of a mirror to … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Bilbo, Middle Earth, and the Kingdom of God (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Bilbo, Middle Earth, and the Kingdom of God: Sanctification in the Journey of Life in The Hobbit I have been intrigued at how some books stand the test of time in ways beyond what one might expect. It is no surprise that some books remain a foundational work in a certain genre, or that readers continue to pick up the works of Charles Dickens because of … Continue reading Bilbo, Middle Earth, and the Kingdom of God (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

What’s In a Name? (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

What’s In a Name?: The Divine Name of YHWH and the Search for Our True Identity in Inheritance In Inheritance, the final volume of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Saga, the main character Eragon and his dragon Saphira go in search of the answer to a prophecy posed by a werecat—“Then, when all seems lost and your power is insufficient, go to the Rock of Kuthian and … Continue reading What’s In a Name? (Theology through the Eyes of Fiction Series)

Theology through the Eyes of Fiction

In Christian communities, we commonly study literature with an aim towards assessing the worldview of a particular work. We may look at the characters and their choices in order to determine if they are moral or not and if the author seems to be encouraging or discouraging that behavior. For authors who encourage virtue and discourage vice, we might praise the book as promoting, or … Continue reading Theology through the Eyes of Fiction