Thursday, July 26, 2007

Why Fiction?

"This is why I speak to them in parables, because 'they look but do not see
and hear but do not listen or understand.'" Matthew 13:13

This is why good fiction is good for the world. Through parables, they can see and understand that which they may not hear or listen to, without parables. The "we" might be "the world" at large, it might be teenagers, it might be ourselves during times of spiritual dryness - or just in the midst of a very distracting world.

What are some of the messages the world can learn through good fiction? Courage, friendship, compassion, overcoming racial or class barriers; that sin and crime are not glamorous but despicable; and that self-sacrificing love can overcome evil.

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