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Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I came across this blog in my research this morning.

She makes a very interesting point about the state of Christian fiction, who it's for, what it's for and where it's going.

Read it and see if you agree. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Cordero also notes that, in mainstream Christian fiction, there are no denominations. One wouldn't want to turn off nine-tenths of one's readership by affiliating with the church they don't go to. "The general conventions of the industry that most influence the Christian content of the novel include the following, expressed here as tensions: entertainment dominate inspiration; implicit Christian messages rather than explicit; a generic Christianity is preferred over a particular Christianity; and a Christian realism over a secular realism.

"Oh, yeah, and demographically, the people reading are mostly lower-middle-class white Protestant women. So, pastoral care of these women is accomplished by entertaining them, not making any explicit statements of message, taking the Christian faith to the lowest common denominator, and reinforcing that all this is the right way to look at things.

I think I'm scared now. A Bible passage comes to mind: "For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (2 Tim.3:6-7)

As authors, as editors, as publishers, we need to take that possibility
very seriously and have a good hard think about the responsibilities that go with being the pushers in the fiction addiction.

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1 comment:

  1. Read the whole article. Disturbing and scarey. As a missionary in Central America I find it sad to say the least, but I know it is true. In churches everywhere, regardless of denomination, women are often the forgetten members. Many are thought to have nothing beneficial to give because they lack education to teach a Sunday School, or extra funds to help out with an ongoing project. They just sit on the sidelines, unnoticed and uncared for. For many of them Christian fiction is the only dose of God they get. Sadly, it is a very watered down dose. I am as of yet unpublished, but I keep writing. For what I´ve heard from the few editors I´m contacted, my work comes on too strong. Editors seem to think their readership can´t handle anything more than gruel. Sad, isn´t it?
    Enjoyed your blog site and will visit again.
    Blessings from Costa Rica