Breaking a Genre Gently: Thoughts on What Makes Art Work

Conversations about good art versus bad art often talk about using the medium well. For example, one might discuss whether the latest Ted Dekker novel works well as a thriller, based on other examples of what makes a good thriller novel. Or on a different level, one could discuss whether that novel works well as …

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What’s a Symbol? (Allegory Pt 1)

It's become very popular to call The Chronicles of Narnia allegorical. However, as several scholars have noted, C.S. Lewis himself refuted that suggestion. He preferred to call it a "supposal." A similar argument comes up in discussions about Jesus' parables. As Mark L. Strauss notes in his book Four Portraits, One Jesus, for a time …

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