Out of our conversation about the way Americans have read Tolkien and Lewis, Connor has written a post about fiction written by American Christians that is actually … well … worth spending a few hours reading. For those that caught Connor’s first post and you are interested in what his happening artistically beyond the most visible America Evangelical fiction–i.e., the Amish and the Apocalyptic–might want to check it out.
Some time ago I started a list of (mostly) nonfiction books that described the evangelical struggle with the arts or how to do art well from a Christian perspective. Since I recently did a series on problems with Christian Fiction novels, it seemed like a good idea to look at relatively modern novels by Christians that I have enjoyed. This list will focus on contemporary novels (i.e. published since 1979), and specifically ones by writers who are either evangelical Christians or whose work fits broadly into the evangelical genre. I’m also using the term “novels by Christians” rather than “Christian novels.” The reason for this selection are as follows:
- I’ve found that while plenty of people can list great Christian novels from before the 1980s (books by the Inklings, classic works like Paradise Lost) it’s hard to find anything relatively modern by Christian authors that is very good…
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