Oak Grove Classical Academy what makes a novel “Christian.”
They answered cautiously. After all, at this Christian school, we study lots of works that aren’t Christian at all, like The Epic of Gilgamesh and Rosemary Sutcliff’s Eagle of the Ninth.
I drew a line on the board. I wrote “Yes” versus “Disqualify.”
Then I gave them the markers and said, “Go for it.”
Here’s what they said disqualified a novel:
Rewarding evil, sexual-lust (I think they meant lots of the steamy type), themes that motivate sin, and atheist.
Here’s what they said would be characteristic of Christian fiction:
The author’s mindset, characters and storyline, morals, plot+author, helps reader spiritually via a story, testimony, point of view=self, reactions of the characters, theme, punishment (of evil), redemption, comes together to reward good, and God’s love.
So what would you put on your “yes” and “disqualify” lists?