by Andrea Lundgren
I have come across a few readers, at various times, who avoid certain fantasy books just because the authors are Christian. No other reason is given; they even admit that, until they read a remark in another reader’s review, they didn’t know the author’s religious beliefs.
And it made me wonder why this matters. Can we only read works written by people who ascribe to our own systems of belief? Do these readers equally eschew the works of followers of Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, or no religion at all if it doesn’t mesh with their personal beliefs? Or is it only Christian authors who receive such treatment?
I can guess why. Many Christian authors are known for writing preachy material that seems written “by Christians, for Christians,” employing a mix of scripture, devotional sentiment, and “redeemed or redeemable characters” to reassure the reader that what their reading is appropriate, well worth the time spent. (In some ways, it reminds me of early novelists, who work to assure their readers that their novels contain morals and are appropriate reading material for young ladies and not just “sinful” diversions.)
But is this what Christian authors should look like? …