The other disclaimer I am putting out there is I am only speaking about works in this article written by Christian authors seeking to stay consistent with the principles and message of the bible, which, in my humble opinion, is what defines a “Christian” fantasy author.
Which begs the question… what is Christian fantasy? I believe the only works that truly can be considered Christian fantasy are those which stay consistent with biblical values and teaching.
Storytelling is an age-old tradition in almost every culture and often used to illustrate morals and values in a meaningful way, to be passed on through generations. Everyone learns differently. For myself, if I watch a movie, then read the book; I pick up something different, learn something I missed before. Novels reach youth in a way listening to a sermon or teaching won’t.
Like it or not, our youth today are inundated with negative messages through books, television, movies, radio and peers. Our enemy has captured their attention and glutted the market with witchcraft, demons, vampires and the like. I say, take back the genre! How amazing would it be to see a story, built around biblical morals to become the next blockbuster.
I believe it is possible to weave stories that spark the imagination and also spread a message containing morals and values consistent with biblical teachings. Many of my favorite Christian fantasy books are allegories of Christs’ love. These stories bring me closer to Christ, provide an illustration of how He impacts lives. Now I am NOT saying fantasy stories should replace study of the bible or other non-fiction devotionals. I am just saying; this genre might be read by those who would not otherwise get the message or who are searching for entertainment consistent with their beliefs.
If your child is raised in a Christian home and you believe you can keep him or her from the world, great. But, aren’t we called to reach non-believers, to speak to those who are lost? What better way than through story? God can use any form of communication and I know he is using novels to reach into the lives of lost teens and remind them there is a different way. There is only one savior but he can use any method to speak to His children.
Lastly, I hope believers will not use this controversy to come against one another in conflict. We are to love each other, support each other, and ultimately put our trust and faith in Christ.