Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel has made some significant cultural waves in its more than ten years of publication, now resulting in a comic book series and an upcoming cable television series. Unfortunately, that influence is patently negative, propagating a distinctly atheist approach to religion, theology, and culture.
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.
I recently finished the book Reading Between the Lines by Gene Veith Jr. In simple terms, it was probably the most insightful book on literature by a Christian that I have ever read. I want you to read the book for yourself, but first, I’d like to sure five of my favorite quotes from the book, and why I think they’re just as important now as when the book was written 25 years ago.
No, it isn’t written by J.K. Rowling. But Mr. Lippert understands the thematic elements of Harry Potter, and that’s what makes his story worth reading.
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?”