Nourishing Faith Through Fiction, by John R. May

Faith is a meaning-seeking venture, says John May, and believers are those who sense the grace-full Mystery afoot in this world. The church's tasks are to clarify as best it can the mysteries of an unfathomable God and the "implications of those mysteries for us." Theology tries hard to couch Mystery in words, but "reasoned discourse" rarely reaches the depths of the whole person. For that the arts often work better, especially storied arts like literature and film that wrestle with the shape and meaning of lives. Perhaps the best example is Jesus' own penchant for explaining with stories the riddles of God's care for the world.

 

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