1. Books like Lord of the Rings make no mention of the Bible or any of its tenets, and yet are deeply Christian, reflecting Christ’s promise of redemption. I believe this is why so many people not only read them, but reread them: they feel that glimmering of Truth.

    • R. L. Copple says:

      LOTR is a good example of general market fiction with Christian themes and worldview, but by no means overt. Of course, there was no separate Christian market back then. Christian themed stories like the Chronicles of Narnia had to be served in allegories and analogies to fly in that market.
      One could postulate that those stories and their popularity among Christians as well as the general market is in part responsible for the birth of the Christian segregated market. Though obviously it was a larger movement back in the 60s and 70s since it encompassed music and other areas as well.

  2. Literaturelady says:

    I like your definition; it’s focused, specific, and accurate!

  3. Defining terms is extremely helpful for detailed discussion. Your definition works for me. It makes sense to define a book based on the audience and themes. That’s how it works in discussing things like “YA books” — a YA book is not only targeted to a young adult audience of a certain age but also generally deals with coming-of-age themes.
    I’ll keep this article in mind when entering these types of discussions elsewhere. Linking to it should help keep things on track. (Yes, I’m an optimist.)

What do you think?