What Exactly is Christian Fiction Anyway?
If you follow Christian fiction and the associated blogs by readers/authors/agents you may have noticed some increased discussion as of late concerning the “Christian” part of Christian fiction. How should it be used? What is its purpose? Should it be written for believers or non-believers? What kind of guidelines should Christian publishers impose upon their authors? And on and on. All this is good discussion, much-needed dialogue.
But I have a basic question: What exactly is Christian fiction?
I mean, at its core, when everything else is stripped away, what is it that separates Christian fiction from general fiction?
Is it merely the fact that it’s written by a professing Christian and published by a Christian house?
Is it the absence of cursing, sex, and over-the-top gore and violence?
Is it the inclusion of some lesson in morality and right-living?
Is it a theme of good over evil?
Is it the fact that the story promotes a Christian worldview? (And by the way, that phrase is thrown around a lot. What exactly is a Christian worldview? What is its defintion?)
Is it nothing more than the intent and heart of the author?
Is it not necessarily any of the above but something else?
Or should we not label it Christian fiction at all because the term has gotten too ambigious?
Let me know what you think. When you hear the term Christian fiction, what comes to mind? What do you expect in the book?
I ask these questions out of all sincerity. It seems there has been some confusion over the term lately and the defintion has been lost somewhere along the way.