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Old 05-07-2012, 10:37 PM   #31
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Current labeling of books as "Christian fiction" just seems to be a marketing code for "reading this will not cause you to question your faith or your worldview, so it is safe".
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:45 PM   #32
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I don't blame people at all for labeling their stuff as religious, and I don't blame people who look for that label. Different strokes for different folks. C. S. Lewis was a religious science fiction writer-try "Out of the Silent Planet". As for the books, some are good, some are bad. If you are religious and have kids try, The Sugar Creek Gang series. There are some good books there.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:09 AM   #33
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When I went into a Salvation Army used store one time, they had a shelf marked fiction. That was the section where they put the bibles. I thought it was very appropriate.

I avoid anything labelled as Christian but I have read good science fiction stories that dealt with Christianity.

One of the most memorable as Arthur C Clarke's short story, "The Star."

And another memorable one had clones of Jesus and Bhudda.

But neither one of these were specifically Christian fiction or science fiction.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:27 PM   #34
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I agree with the mention of CS Lewis. I would consider him a fairly top-notch author who writes from a Christian perspective. (I actually just read "'Till we have faces" a few months ago and enjoyed it.) As with Christian music, movies, whatever (and undoubtedly this applies to other subset specialty groups as well - it's not a Christian-specific phenomenon) the problem is subrate artists that couldn't compete on the mass market are accepted in this more specialized niche. It creates a market for subrate art. It doesn't mean that all Christian artists are bad anymore than it means all secular artists are good, it just means it's easier to get your stuff out in a niche market so more crap results.
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Old 08-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #35
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Yes, I despise them as much as the ones with the label Zombie or any other subculture preaching to the choir.
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:59 PM   #36
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Current labeling of books as "Christian fiction" just seems to be a marketing code for "reading this will not cause you to question your faith or your worldview, so it is safe".
Yes, I think it is like labeling food Kosher. It has an appeal to those who hunger for purity, even if they're outside the targeted group.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:07 AM   #37
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I read one of the "Left Behind" series. It was free on Amazon. Unless you have a religious background, you most likely won't even understand what's happening in the novel. The writing is atrocious. The book serves as a platform for the author to preach his brand of dogma to the reader. Needless to say, I won't be reading any more of the series.
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