Should Christian Novels Be Different?

As Patrick from patrick’s thoughts reminded me in his comments on my initial post on writing as a Christian, Christian authors have a standard to uphold. We cannot approach novel writing just as non-Christian novelists do.

1 John 1:6 says, “If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and not practice the truth.” And 1 Peter 2:16 says we are to “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” Titus 1:16 says, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works…”

These are not the sort of Christians we want to be. Our novels have the freedom to include immorality in the pursuit of truth (one of the goals of art, as discussed here), but how much immorality is needed to create a work worthy of Him who is our Lord?

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Developing a Novel as a Christian

This isn’t a guide to writing typical “Christian fiction,” but an exploration of how one writes fiction as a Christian. After writing my last post about What Makes a Christian Author ‘Christian’?,” I realized there was still some unanswered questions. What does fiction written by Christians look like? How is it different from fiction by those who aren’t Christian?

Or is there no difference?…

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What Makes a Christian Author “Christian”?

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? …

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