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January 10, 2012


This was a beautiful reminder; thank you, Adam.

When judgemental Christians say that fiction is akin to lying, I want to ask them, so, you don't watch ANY movies - most movies are stories - you never watch ANY tv shows except for the news and sports and talk shows? No comedy, drama, etc, since most of these on TV are not true either? I think you'd have to search far and wide to find someone who doesn't watch TV or movies at all, never, because of untruth. Also, what do these people do who have children? If a child is given a novel or fictitious book to read for a class, does the parent make the child fail the assignment and not read the "untrue" book? What about if said child is learning to read? Most children's books like Dr. Seuss books and the like are not true - they're silly and entertaining stories that help children with word association and they need this basis to learn how to read. I could go on and on, but, that's something I just wanted to throw out there for those who have negative views about fiction and Christian fiction. As an Christian fiction author myself, I feel I need to defend myself and other authors against such thinking...

I never had this problem with fiction, per se, but I did struggle with this when it comes to certain childhood mythologies. (Santa, toothy fairies, etc.)

I got over it. :)

See my blog post: Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: The Tooth Fairy (http://rat.li/x6XPqj )/


As I began to read this article, I recognized a similar statement I have heard more than once regarding this topic. However, I was pleased with the conclusions of the author. Fiction is indeed a powerful medium to tell the stories of our faith. We can form and mold characters and scenes that relate to people from all walks of life. Those characters can than travel through a pseudo-reality that highlights the teachings of our savior. Parents and teachers throughout time have taught valuable lessons via storytelling. Fiction writers are nothing more than an extension of that method.

@Rachel: Thank you for your kind words.

@Cecilia: You're right that stories are so ubiquitous in our lives, sometimes we forget all the ways we encounter them. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

@Rich: I enjoyed your post and comments. "I’m a fairy taler" -- love it. :-) I think it's great you use your gifts to tell your children stories that interest and delight them. They will remember those times fondly.

@Patrick: Thank you for your feedback. I agree with you that fiction is valuable for teaching. Stories can be delightful, too -- and I think the lessons that delight us "sink in" especially deep...

I would like to order Today's Parallel Bible

Fiction is a neutral wrapper, package or vehicle that can be used to reveal truth or lies. When we choose fiction to communicate truth we deliver our message in a way that honors the listener and allows him or her to explore and apply that truth for themselves. We also trust the Holy Spirit to confirm truth in the hearts of people.

Jesus Christ owns the truth and Jesus Christ IS the truth....ONLY He is qualified to make up parables. Notice that not even the apostles did so. End of story.

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