Nourishing Faith Through Fiction, by John R. May
Faith is a meaning-seeking venture, and believers are simply those who sense the grace-full Mystery afoot in this world, says John May. The church's tasks are to clarify as best it can the mysteries of an unfathomable God and to make clear 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 narrative arts like literature and film that wrestle with the shapes and meanings of human lives. The clearest exemplar of this is Jesus' own penchant for explaining with stories the riddles of God's care for the world.
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