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A deep concern among members of one faith group I do workshops with is depicting another real or imaginary faith sympathetically without feeling as if they’ve committed heresy. One thing I ask these writers to contemplate is that heresy is … Continue reading
Religion is at the heart of what we call culture. Our world culture is so steeped in religious principle that there’s no way to winnow it out. I often hear people advance the idea that they can be moral without … Continue reading
A commenter on my last post brought up the diversity of belief between and betwixt the earth’s faiths. Indeed, diversity of belief exists even among members of the same religious community, even over something as basic as who God is. … Continue reading
As you go about creating a faith for your fictional world or portraying an existing faith the question may arise as to how unique a particular faith is as a feature of the culture(s) you’re positing. If you’re aiming to … Continue reading
Continuing the discussion of religion in fiction, something I try to be aware of is the age of the religion I’m portraying—whether it’s real or invented. When you portray a religion in a story, a key factor in how it … Continue reading
In Saudi Arabia, all citizens are rqurieed to be Muslims, and the public practice of other religions is forbidden. Private practice of other religions is sometimes allowed and sometimes persecuted; there is no law protecting even this.Iran is officially a … Continue reading
Neutrality, Ambiguity, Humor, and Affection An aspiring writer once asked me how he might write about religion “safely.” He had collected an array of anecdotes and stories from his business dealings but was afraid that if he fictionalized them, he’d … Continue reading