Faith in Fiction 8: Creating a Viable Fictional Faith
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A question I frequently field when it comes to inventing religions for fiction is: How do I go about it? I always start with a real religion. This keeps me from “winging it” or just throwing stuff onto the page … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 7: Religious Wave of the Future?
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I’ve read a number of SF stories that posit a global religion of one kind or another. In some cases, it’s a far-future invented faith, in others the writer posits that the Catholic Church or Islam or Buddhism or some … Continue reading

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Hand-me-down People—Writing and Activism

I’m taking a break from my series of posts to ponder a problem that has grown progressively worse in the last several decades. Way back at the dawn of time—or at least at the dawn of my sojourn as a … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 6: Faith-Bashing versus Realism

This is the question that came up at an online Catholic writer’s convention several years ago: Can you write positively or neutrally about other religious beliefs without betraying your own? This is a real fear among some writers with strong … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 4: Writing Belief Systems
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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

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Faith in Fiction 3: Writing Belief Systems

The Straw Religion A Straw Man is an imaginary construct that embodies everything the writer doesn’t like about something, someone, or some group. By nature, it requires gross a generalization that attaches the particular to a whole. In the context … Continue reading

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Politics and Religion, Take Two
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Over at my romance blog, the Word Wenches, I just discussed politics and religion in romance. This is generally a very literate, erudite group of readers, and they basically concluded that yes, they’d like to see depth of character in … Continue reading

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