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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Faith in Fiction 1: Writing Belief Systems

I deal with religion, magic, faith, or some sort of spiritual belief system in most of my books and quite a few of my short stories. If not the main thread, these form at least a subtle part of the … Continue reading

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