This is something I am often asked and often ask myself.  Doesn’t my believe in God conflict with writing Speculative Fiction?  My answer is – why should it?

I have two very good examples – Frank Peretti and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins.

Who? I hear you say – well they are three very respected christian writers who have greatly influenced me and my writing.

So who are they?  Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins have written the Left Behind series of books about the Tribulations based on Revelations (the bible book).  They  are avery scary set of books that look at what life would be like in a world without Christians, and the ever decreasing society moral.  I admit I have only read three of these books, and one day I will be brave enough to get the rest of them to read.  This series is now 16 books, and I remember that the first time I read the first book, Left Behind that I was shocked, frightened, but desperate for more.  I got as far as the third book, Nicolae – before I really freaked out.  While not a horror series, it is definitely a thriller series.

Frank Peretti would have tobe one of my favourite authors, he has written lots of books, I only own three – This Present Darkness, Piercing the Darkness and The Oath.  This is a man that can write about angels and demons and you believe in them.  In a world that is focusing so much on doing good works and thinking that life is just what you make of it, after reading This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, you will rethink your own views on religion.  And while these books in no way push Christianity or religion, it does make you realise that there is more out there.

The Oath was a book that blew me away and made me aware of the fact that Christians can AND WILL write great Speculative Fiction.  This book is about a dragon that picks off people in this village, and after years of peace its feeding frenzy is becoming rather more vicious and frequent.  Again it had a christian basis for its story, but doesn’t push religion down your throat.

I would have to say that Frank Peretti is definitely one of my favourite authors, only because he doesn’t hold back, he throws punches which connect and make me think more about my own faith.  Even if you don’t have any Christian beliefs, you will still find these books great pieces of fiction.

So, I believe that my writing Speculative Fiction can also be to the benefit of my faith and belief’s, and if written well, doesn’t make you read the book and think – I HAVE to become a christian now!

You can find all of these writers on the internet or at your local Christian bookshops.

SpecFic Blogging Week – Spec Fic and Christianity?
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5 thoughts on “SpecFic Blogging Week – Spec Fic and Christianity?

  • September 19, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Actually, faith and spec fic have walked hand in hand since the beginning. What about Lewis, Tolkien, Charles Williams or Geroge Maconald. Pilgrim’s Progress (or his other work, War in Heaven) may not be an easy read in this century, but it proves the point.

    The Fiction Side: The Storyteller
    The Non-Fiction Side: Word & Spirit

  • September 19, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Michael, definitely and I didn’t mean to leave them out – just wanted to show a new breed of writer – plus, Frank Peretti is my fav at the moment!

    • September 19, 2010 at 2:26 pm

      Yes, Peretti is certainly…………….spooky.

  • April 8, 2011 at 4:09 am

    My very christian mother was very upset by my love of spec as a a child. She didn’t like it when I obsessed over books like “Escape to Witch Mountain” (though I told her it was about aliens, not witches! didn’t seem to help) or the novelizations of the star wars films.

    A lot of Christians feel threatened by speculative fiction. I think they are afraid of any implication that the questions about what the universe is like or might hold are not fully answered.

    Sad, In my opinion.

    I learned to be ashamed of these interests of mine at a young age and to this day, I deliberately close off many parts of my life to her because she made it clear that she considers many of my interests wrong.

    (She was also visibly upset when I chose to study philosophy in grad school – but that’s a different story).

    Sadly, I don’t think my story is atypical.

    I’d say many or most Christians fear acknowledging that all questions about the universe are not answered. It’s refreshing to find some who don’t.

    • April 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

      I too grew up in a christian household, but my Mum always encouraged me to read whatever I could get my hands on, sometimes she vetoed something, but it always gave us something to talk about and about how God might react – so I learnt to temper things with a “grain of salt” as far as reading Speculative Fiction goes.

      I love a good vampire story, and strangely the two I have read recently have also looked at the issue of the condemned soul, would God turn his back on a vampire if he had done all he could to be good, and not turn others into vampires. It certainly raised an interesting question for me. So it would appear that even non-Christian writers are starting to think about such things too, which is quite inspiring!


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