What Is Christian Speculative Fiction?
“Biblical [Christian] Speculative Fiction is speculative fiction which uses Christian themes and incorporates the Christian worldview…” — Wikipedia.
In many of the modern Christian fiction novels, the characters are mainly Christian and act on guidance from God with no overt or miraculous divine intervention. There is almost always a non-Christian character who eventually becomes ‘born again’ and the emphasis is biblical and doctrinal, as in Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins’ Left Behind series. It differs greatly from speculations on the Bible and Christianity found in fictional work such as Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
An example of a story which portrays a biblical and doctrinal emphasis but also features miraculous intervention would be Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness which features demons, angels, and spiritual warfare.
Examples of stories which reflect a Christian worldview without explicitly Christian references would be The Lord of the Rings by RR Tolkien, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and G. K. Chesterton’s The Ball and the Cross, which are overtly miraculous in content.
So, in a nutshell, Christian Speculative Fiction is any fiction genre which gives a Christian worldview and can incorporate fantasy, science-fiction, dystopia, and other genres which invite us to connect with our Christian beliefs ‘outside the box’.
In the last few years, new venues have opened for the Christian Speculative Fiction genre. More recently, Enclave Publishing (formerly Marcher Lord Press) and LoreHaven have created a platform for writers of Christian Speculative Fiction.
Til next time, know you are loved by the One who created you in His image, which includes that magnificent imagination of yours.
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I write Christian angel fantasy. It’s nice to meet you and find your blog!
Nice to meet you too, Cecelia. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone before who writes angel fantasy.
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I suppose it sounds almost silly to say it, and I had a reviewer say they didn’t like to read about angels acting in a way outside the way they’re viewed in the Bible, but as a young adult author of Christian fantasy, I decided I wanted readers, both Christian and non-Christian, to consider angels and demons really and truly around them, always battling over the fate of their eternal souls. I imagine angels, and even demons, must speak to one another and have history and wills of their own. That’s what comes out in my series. It’s flawed and faulted, I’m sure, but… I write Christian angel fantasy. 🙂