By C.L. Dyck
Literature, like mathematics or philosophy, is simply another way of
looking at the universe. Perhaps one of the smartest statements I ever
ran across was from a home educator who said essentially that subject
areas are just different lenses through which we can examine our
Likewise, different genres of writing are different lenses through
which to examine the world, the heart and the nature of God. The whole
idea of genre is based on major themes of human existence. Romance:
the heart. Crime: the sin nature. Fantasy: generally examines good and
evil within people. Sci-fi: good and evil between people, in the form
of great social questions.
Literature is a laboratory for running trials on the most cherished
ideas of our existence. For Christians, that's our faith, particularly
as it intersects with our God-given interests, circumstances and
abilities. At the same time, we may be testing out the practical
workings of our faith in various potential circumstances the world
proffers. This is a high calling, to write the theses of Christian
living. At the same time, it's an extra challenge, because in writing
the faith element, we're also automatically carrying the weight of two
genres: Christian plus romance, suspense, historical, etc.
Yet the whole world preaches one thing or another. Secular fiction is
a trial for other beliefs. Authors can't help it. People all have
cherished ideas, whether or not they formulate them into an
identifiable creed. We are all curious about the degree to which
people are essentially good or essentially bad, investigating the
blend of the two. We all operate on some idea of whether there's
anything transcendent out there or not.
It can be a difficult thing as a Christian writer to throw oneself
into a hypothetical situation, particularly if it's one that has been
done to death in pop culture, and really think about “what would I
do?” At the same time, we have the opportunity to comfort others with
the selfsame comfort with which God comforts us. International fiction
has a unique potential here, because from around the world, in many
different cultures, we're all examining that question in relation to
our faith. Here we have a proving ground for Jesus Christ's reality
above and beyond community and cultural assent. Among these pages,
from these varied windows on the world, we can see a door in heaven
For those struggling in faith or questioning what it really is, these
authors offer many lenses through which to examine both our existence
and that of God. And, whether you're an author or simply a liver of
life, the tale is worth the telling; worth the hearing.
So. What's your story?
C.L. Dyck is a published homeschooling writer with an interest in
speculative fiction. She blogs at http://ScitaScienda.com where she is
currently running a sci-fi serial story with international themes.