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 An Allegory (Allegory Pt 2)

Click here for Part 1 Like symbols, allegories are details that point to something else in a story. However, there are a couple of key differences. First, allegories are more deliberate than symbols. You can enjoy or make sense of a story without picking up on all the symbols. I mentioned The Phantom of the Opera …

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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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