A "Christian" novel
What makes a Christian novel “Christian”? That’s the question the authors over at Charis Connection are dealing with today. So what does make a Christian novel uniquely “Christian?” If you’re gonna write Christian fiction, sooner or later you’re gonna have to wrestle with the issue. Is the absence of swearing and sex Christian? Do “Christian” characters make a story Christian?
My take is that a story becomes a “Christian” story when it takes on Christian (Judeo-Christian) themes, morals, values, etc. I know that’s pretty vague and sets the boudaries far and wide, but even in the Christian faith there is a wide variety of styles, fashions, tastes, liberties, and so on. Just as in the body of Christ there are different views, interpretations, stands, and freedoms, so there must be in Christian writing. And we need to “bear with one another,” as Paul says, so long as we keep to right doctrine and teaching and don’t conform to the ways of the world. Our duty as Christians and Christian writers is to be transformed, not conformed.
So what do you think? What makes a Christian novel . . . Christian?