1. A wonderful article, Nathan! This is the type of content needed in Christian speculative fiction. The necessity of conflict and disasters is a result of sin. I believe that Christian authors are called to share the truth of these matters and share the true spiritual options available in reality. Entertaining books using the world’s formula are not going away—at least not before the millennium—but we should write books filled with the Truth.
    Yes, it is difficult. But, on the other hand, what a joy it is to be given the opportunity to write books of true power. We live in a time where it is even possible to publish these books. I wonder how long that will last?

  2. Kessie says:

    I applaud you for what you’re trying to do. But whenever anyone tries to write God, I start getting squirmy. God is a real person. Just like when you write a real person into a book, you have to be extremely careful how you portray them, or you can be accused of libel/slander. Why do we think we can get away with this with God? He’s real. If I were to take a fantasy novel and write Kanye West into it, I think people might get squirmy in the same way. “Yep. Kanye West. Same clothes. Same music. But FANTASY.”

    • I hear you. Squirmy is how I feel, too. That’s why I’m usually praying while I write about Him. (“Dear God, please let me get this right…And please no smiting.”)

      But I understand your discomfort! It’s a touchy subject.

  3. Colleen Snyder says:

    I agree with it being hard to write God into a story. I would put it this way to all who would condemn or frown: what interactions have you had with God in your OWN life? How has He spoken to you? Does He always “spout” Scripture? Or does He speak to the heart, the situation at hand? He does in my life. When I write Him into my novels, it is His interactions with me that I write. People can argue many things, but they can’t argue your experience. Write on, brother.

    • Nathan says:

      Colleen, I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. When we share what we sense God doing in our lives, even what we believe he is saying to us, we represent him to the world. And he wants us to do that. True (to speak to Kessie’s point), perhaps many of us are not careful enough when we bear witness to what we believe he is doing. That IS a dangerous thing indeed, and we should tread carefully.
      As for me, I’ll keep doing my best to write of his character in a way I believe is consistent with how he reveals himself to us through his Word and through my experiences.

What do you think?