Good science fiction asks intriguing ethical questions, and Neal Shusterman’s Scythe certainly has those. The answers it gives, however, are in need of more secure ethical and philosophical grounding.
Laura Ruby’s novel Bone Gap is a compelling and thrilling portrait of Midwestern America, and a fascinating mixture of mystery and magical realism. But even more to the point, it has very real characters that portray very real truths about beauty, love, and desire.
Each of the Chronicles of Narnia books address theological issues in a simplistic way that few stories ever attain. But Voyage of the Dawn Treader addresses what is in many ways the Christian theme – redemption – and showcases some of the best character development Lewis has ever accomplished.
Science fiction asks a lot of “What if?” questions. But C.S. Lewis asks one of those in Perelandra that has rarely been explored: “What if God created a race that didn’t fall?”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Thus begins Jane Austen’s immortal masterpiece. A classic tale of satire, Pride and Prejudice is a humorous satire, which exists solely to poke fun at the shallow approach that upper-class Americans had and still have to relationships.
Or is it?
Many would call C.S. Lewis a great lay theologian. But perhaps the most impressive part of his repertoire is that his best theology is and always was expressed through children’s literature.
Theological works on Heaven and Hell have been varied and many. From Dante’s Divine Comedy to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, many of these great works have enveloped our fears about Hell, and our ideas of Heaven, with differing thematic emphases. Amazingly, Lewis does the same thing with The Great Divorce, with barely more than 100 pages.