At the end of the last CSFF Blog Tour, Stephen L. Rice and I had a strong discussion regarding Auralia’s Colors and Cyndere’s Midnight, and in particular, on the direction Jeffrey Overstreet was taking the series.
Steve and I were on opposite sides, although I saw some of his points and really do understand where he is coming from. I hope he saw some things in what I wrote, at least some charity.
My points in these discussions were:
- that a Christian writer can have beautiful fiction as their goal, and that the “Christian” will come out organically, it will flow, no ooze from the text and seep into the reader. This is what I saw Jeffrey Overstreet doing. And, I think, this too glorifies God, and can bring people to himself.
- As part of this, I argued that when I read Christian fiction, I don’t require there to be some form of “organized religion”, or even a necessary God figure. What I look for are clear portrayals of good and evil, and for Christian truth to be woven in organically (see point #1).
- That if one has a high standard (which I respect) like Stephen L. Rice, then they should at least wait until the end of the series before passing judgment. The story isn’t done yet!
Since then I have planned on putting a post out on this, but the busy-ness of life took over and I never did it. Actually I started once, but the computer crashed.
So today when I read S.D. Smith‘s two blog posts on this subject, I just HAD to get this out. Sam says it better than I could, and he not only does so, he points to another excellent source, Abraham Piper (John Piper’s son) which says it again.
But I won’t give you the link to Abraham Piper. Go find S.D.’s link, and that way I know you read his first!
Beyond that, you may want to read the original TouchStone Magazine article as well, which kicked it all off. But I won’t give you that link either, so go spelunking at Sam’s blog posts!