How Different People See Evil in Stories

How do people decide whether violence is acceptable in a story? To make this broader matter, how do they decide whether sex scenes and other possibly disturbing material (I'll call this "difficult material" from now on) are acceptable in a given story? After all, some people have no problem enjoying stories that have difficult material, …

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6 Powerful Books On Christian Art

Some time ago, I argued in one of my articles that a great way artistic Christians can connect with other churchgoers is by studying books together about art. Here are some of the best books I've read about how faith and art intersect (including the classic Art and the Bible by Francis Schaeffer): https://www.theodysseyonline.com/6-books-small-groups-studies-christian-art If you're …

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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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