Steve at Imago Dei posts this
Some interesting thoughts on writing fiction from a Christian worldview are available at the WORLD Magazine blog:Here's how I replied to Steve in his comment's section.
As you read the stories posted each day on our WORLDview Fiction Contest blog, consider what it means to write from a Christian worldview. Rev. Paul McCain commented on an earlier post:
A Christian worldview, in my view, can only be one that has an articulated Gospel content. "Gospel" doesn't mean "moral value" or "nice sentiment" or even a touching tale of love and choices made, but it is the precise proclamation of the suffering and crucified Christ for the sins of the world.
Do you agree?
Good question Steve. I agree in principle with what he is saying here, however there are some major caveats. In individual pericopes within the gospels, Jesus' teaching wouldn't qualify. In fact, at least one writer I have read says that the entire book of Mark is the account of Jesus' evangelization of His disciples. In other words, the gospel account is presented, not in a single setting, but the "presentation" is stretched out over a three year period. Therefore, in any given situation, Jesus tells a story, performs a miracle or gives a straight didactic teaching that in some way adds color to the gospel account and/or furthers the story of the gospel along, even though he is not explicitly speaking of the crucifixion. Also, we miss this alot but the gospel is not solely wrapped up in Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. Theologians talk about the active and passive righteousness of Christ. The passive righteousness of Christ is His receiving the penalty for our sins upon Himself and atoning for them. The active righteousness of Christ is His perfect obedience to and fulfillment of the law, in His earthly life. When we believe the gospel, both His active and passive righteousness are imputed to us. Therefore, even those parts of the gospel story not directly related to the crucifixion and resurrection are part of the gospel. Hence, I would argue that it is appropriate to consider something "Christian" fiction if it in some way illustrates something about the active and passive obedience of Christ. This gets a little tricky, because it shouldn't come off as a mere moralism, but it can work. Also, in ficiton I think there is a lot that can be implicit that can illustrate the gospel. The Chronicles of Narnia come to mind. The gospel is clearly there, but it is implicit.