Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Modern trends in Christian fiction

The modern trend in Christian fiction is nothing other than the influence of postmodernism. Today, there is a war between the modernist and the post modernist. To the modernist, the choice is between truth and myth (or falsehood), whereas the post - modernist, giving up the pretence of a direct line to the truth, sees the choice as between different truths, or to put it another way, between myths and stories that are creative and liberating, and those that are destructive and debilitating. According to Tolkien, History often resembles �myth�, because they are both ultimately of the same stuff.

Ironically, therefore, it is fictions critics who have been overtaken by events in the Bible. Behind their instinctive antagonism lies on uncomfortable sense that here is a coherent fictional critique and an alternative, in every major respect, to the exhausted myth of modernity which has so far underwritten their own professional status, and worse Christian fiction is a popular one.

The modern writers (both Christians and non- Christians) highly depend on the spiritual language of the Bible. For they foresee that the spiritual world of middle - earth is a rich and complex one. It (Bible) contains both a polytheist communist theology of �natural magic� and a Christian (but non - sectarian) ethic of humility and compassion. Every writers clearly felt that both are now needed. The war against mystery and magic by modernity urgently requires a re-enchantment of the world, which a sense of earth mysteries is much better - placed to offer than a single transcendent deity.

Though technologies have developed the writers take their pen together with Bible. Gregory Bateson says, when the loss of a sense of divine immanence in nature is combined with an advanced technology, your chance of survival will be that of snowball in hell. But the Christian dimension of fiction and ultimate dependency on Bible exemplified by Frodo is the best answer to modernity�s savage pride in efficiency, and self - sufficiency of its own reason. Rising above the dogmas of Christianity, our writers have thus made it possible for our readers to unselfconsciously combine Christian ethics and neo - pagan reverence for nature, together with a liberal humanist respect for the small, precarious and apparently mundane. This is a fusion that couldn�t be more relevant to resisting the immense and impersonal forces of runaway modernity.

Today, every fictions written whether in Malayalam or in any other languages is closely in touch with the social, natural and spiritual aspects of our life and in turn their crucial overlap. That is where their heart is to be found and any meaning found in or derived from his work must embody all three concerns to be considered essential. Taken together, they comprise the whole implicit project of their literary mythology and a remedy for pathological modernity.

If you ask to any Non - Christian writers, why they are so much attached to the Christian images they will say that �God is love� and �Christ is love covered with flesh ea our flesh� We too say the first premise i.e. �God is Love�. The Christian writers have not gone into the depth of the Bible. Today, though there is a war between �isms� the non - Christian writers as well as the Christian writers easily influenced by the great mysteries of Bible. The spiritual realities, the ideas of which the forms perceived and chosen by the writer are significant, are in the last analysis attributes of the absolute spiritual reality, which is God. In a way we can say that the unbroken contact with the Bible is the modern trend in Christian fiction.


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