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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Will fiction last forever? A series by E. Stephen Burnett

I have subscribed to the "Speculative Faith" blog for several years. One of the reasons is the writing of frequent contributor E. Stephen Burnett (I don't know anything about him, except what I read in the blog.)

He has recently finished a series on the question of whether fiction will last forever. In other words, will there be made-up stories in heaven. You've probably never thought about that, but you probably should.

Here's a brief sample: "But could some genius author create a new genre that doesn’t require traditional villains or opposing causes, which is still just as entertaining and honoring to the God who had long since defeated all real-life villains?"

Thanks for reading. Read Burnett. Please.


atlibertytosay said...

Intriguing …

I say God is an author - of course a non fiction one.

I also say that God is creative.

Fiction is derivative of a creative mind (or a cunning thief and plagiarist).

There is a fine line between fantasy and reality. To God, I'd imagine all things are possible and all things are a reality.

Maybe in heaven, we will have the opportunity to create reality so there won't be a need for fiction.

The opposing force of evil, I believe, is unneccesary, if everything is good - but many many things are good and many many good things have yet to be discussed, comprehended, or explained in narrative.

Martin LaBar said...

Good thoughts, atlibertytosay.

Burnett is always intriguing, or at least that's my experience.

FancyHorse said...

Fiction is good (much of it is anyway) but not true (although there is truth in it). We are instructed to keep our minds on "whatsoever things are good, whatsoever things are true, ..." so perhaps there is no place for fiction in heaven. I guess we'll have to wait and see!

From what I understand, we'll be spending our time worshiping and praising God Almighty.

Martin LaBar said...

As always, thanks, FancyHorse. I think you are right.