Religion and fantasy

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at
Tue Jul 24 18:17:21 EDT 2001

>Here's an apposite quote from Connie Willis (what exactly is a
>Lutheran btw):

Serious question?  Luther, the Reformation, (Becca's quoting from the 
floor (that's the living-room floor, btw :) not speaker's podium type 
floor) : John Tetzel selling indulgances in Wittenburg to rebuild St. 
Peter's Basilica in Rome, nepotism, absenteeism, pluralism, and 
simony...)  Sorry.

>She was asked whether her religious affiliation afected her writing:
>"I think writers have to tell the truth as they know it. On the other
>hand I think every truly religious person is a heretic at heart
>because you can't be true to an established agenda. You have to
>be true to what you think L'Engle and Lewis are sometimes
>apologists for religion rather than writers. i want always to be a
>writer and if religion is what has to go so be it. The story is

I read this as well, a while ago, and I have to say I wasn't much 
taken with it.  Guess I'm heading for a minority opinion here again, 
but I don't see Lewis or L'Engle as preaching, exactly, but rather as 
exploring their own beliefs.  (Mind you, I haven't read the last 
couple of Narnia books or some of the L'Engles for years.)  And I'm 
perfectly happy to read all kinds of different beliefs.  But I've a 
bit more hesitation about trusting someone who'd say if religion [or 
whatever belief] has to go so be it.  There's a place somewhere 
between writing as a religious (or whatever) apologist and tossing 
your own beliefs for the story.


(I liked what Nat said about writing without fear, btw.)


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