Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind

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A biographical encyclopedia of American and British Christian-themed writers from World War II to the present, covering acclaimed literary works and popular evangelical fiction.

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Stories are intrinsic to the Judeo-Christian tradition. From the beginning, when God created the physical world and placed it in space and time, he has revealed great truths and rules of behavior through narratives. the Creation, the Temptation, the Fall, and the expulsion of humankind from the Garden of Eden, found in the opening chapters of Genesis, present the complicated story of humans, their place in the world, their “domination” of nature, their concept of sin and punishment, and a foreshadowing of the lives they will live until the end of time the rest of the Bible, including the New Testament, tells the stories of the Incarnation, the life, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ in a great drama of reconciliation.

Rather than presenting believers with nothing more than an abstract philosophical discourse or some tablets of laws brought down from the mountain, God chose to point believers toward the path they should walk, reveal where they might stray or stumble, and warn them about the Valley of the Shadow of Death. the Bible is the grand narrative of the pilgrim searching for the path of blessedness, of joy, and of eternal life. It also tells of the rebel, the scoffer who chooses a crooked path, filled with perversion and nastiness, pointed toward damnation. Yet in spite of human transgressions, this prodigal is always offered God’s grace and the chance for redemption, a path toward home. the Bible is the “greatest story ever told,” a drama of creativity and destruction, violence and solace, brutality and love, selfishness and self-sacrifice, damnation and salvation.

Jesus himself, during his brief life on earth, taught through his parables as well as his actions, opening the door for centuries of artists to use their creative imaginations in the service of their God. Dorothy L. Sayers famously proclaimed that the Incarnation redeemed the Image, allowing artists to carve or paint the world around them and writers to tell new stories based on old truths. They are, in a small and limited way, themselves imitating the Creator, making something out of nothing. She believed that creativity is included in the image of God shared by all humankind. Francis Schaeffer, who has inspired many of the moderns, also believed that Christians may glorify God through the arts, noting that the image of God in us includes our ability to create and enjoy things of beauty.

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