How to Fit Spiritual Themes in Stories Part 2

(Part 2 of 4, based on a workshop on fitting faith-based themes or symbols in mainstream stories. Here's Part 1 for those who missed it). Method 2: Explore characters who, by design or the role they play in stories, naturally have spiritual themes to them. great example. One great example of this is Superman. As …

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How to fit Spiritual Themes in Stories (Part 1)

Several weeks ago I lead a workshop with Professional Writing students at Taylor University, entitled "Superheroes, Symbolism and the Third Space: Writing Christian-themed Stories in Secular Entertainment." What is a Third Space? Third Space is a term I’m basing on a quote Scott Derrickson, director/co-writer of Dr. Strange said in an interview w/ RELEVANT magazine. Derrickson’s …

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The Once and Forgotten Fantasy: On T. H. White’s The Once and Future King.

Transcript from my recent presentation at The Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends. Presentation given on March 31, 2017, at Taylor University. 1. Introduction Today I'm going to discuss two well-known fantasy authors, J.R.R. Tolkien and T.H. White. a, First, we need some information on who T.H. White was. White was an English …

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5 Christian Artists You Should Give Another Chance

Christian entertainment has issues. It’s been rightly accused of being shallow, poorly produced, and many other things. But this isn’t always true. In spite of production issues and a target audience with some unhealthy hang-ups about artists, there are people who've learned to make overtly Christian art that works. Here are some artists who’ve created …

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5 Story Elements From Arabian Nights

“Not another elf!” Hugo Dyson said that while listening to J.R.R. Tolkien read "Lord of the Rings" in  Inklings meetings. While I disagree with Dyson’s assessment, I must admit it’s been tempting to repeat that phrase when reading modern fantasy. Since Tolkien published his epic in 1954, many fantasy writers have imitated his style --British/Germanic folklore …

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