1. Dawn Ford says:

    Very thought provoking. I have wrestled with this whole issue since I write about spiritual warfare. I needed to be able to depict a reality to something unseen and unknown and only touched upon in the bible. Frank Peretti did it in his book, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness. However, since I am a different person, a different story emerges.

    I know I make some people a little uneasy when I talk about my angels and demons and the struggle within my story. It’s almost a stigma I must wear in order to be a speculative writer. I don’t get the same welcoming warmth as a historical romance writer would. And yet evil is prevalent in our world. One only has to watch the evening news to see the effects of sin and Satan’s evil influence everywhere.

    You do a great job at opening the doors to speculative writing. I had never thought of The Wizard of Oz quite this way. Great article!

  2. Shastastwin says:

    Thanks for the perspective. This resonates in my mind with your blog on deus ex machina.

  3. […] yesterday’s post, Becky Miller responded to Mike Duran’s guest post (“Is Christian Speculative Fiction […]

  4. Dawn, thanks for your thoughts. Actually you made me think about something that I didn’t mention in my post. I think we have to be cautious with stories set in this world, in the same way a novelist writing historical fiction has to be careful to get the historical facts down correctly.

    I think we could speculate and say, What if God made cats sentient? because it’s clear that is speculation. But I don’t think we should say, for example, What if God inspired a new Bible? That’s too close to what false teachers claim. The idea of speculation, then, gets mixed up with reality.

    Also, if a story is set in this world, then I think God needs to be God as He reveals Himself in Scripture.

    Definitely stories set in this world have a unique set of issues to deal with.


  5. Shastaswin, thanks for mentioning the deus ex machina post. At first I thought you were referring to the one Stephen wrote recently, but then I dug up an older one you might be thinking about — especially in connection to the part of this post about The Wizard of Oz.

    I’m glad we take the time to think about how we portray God and write truth in our speculative stories. How else can we move beyond the “tried and true,” the expected and predictable? God is More than we can think or imagine and it’s exciting to show Him in more depth.

  6. Marc Schooley says:

    “What would an all-powerful Wizard in Oz have done.”

    This is genuinely a fabulous question in connection with the word picture, Becky. My compliments…

  7. Martin LaBar says:

    Thank you for this exchange. (I have also read the post by Thomson, and thank her.)

    I have posted on the exchange. My posts include two things that I didn’t see in your post, or Duran’s. One was that I didn’t see a definition, or description, of Christian fiction. The other was that there are at least some works of speculative fiction that are, in my view, Christian, and have been well received by the general public. I give a couple of examples.

    Thanks for your work.

  8. Interesting thoughts in your post, Martin. I suspect both Mike and I didn’t define the term “Christian fiction” because we’ve written extensively about it on our own sites. Still, in this forum, it would have been good to include a link, at the least.

    Marc, thanks for your kind affirmation. Greatly appreciated!


  9. […] a recent article at Speculative Faith, in response to Mike Duran’s guest blog there, I concluded with this: […]

  10. Martin LaBar says:

    Thanks for your post of Feb 14, where you do define, or describe, “Christian fiction.”

  11. […] the box, to soar above and beyond any limitations. I’ve even written an article here at Spec Faith describing how the Christian is the most free writer of […]

  12. […] addition, I suggest that the Christian is the best person to imagine. (See, for example, “’Christian Speculative Fiction’ Is Not An Oxymoron”). God has made us in His own image–which would suggest that we are, by nature of our […]

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