Christian Fiction : Piety Is Not Enough

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Known as a safe read throughout the literary world, Christian fiction is devoid of true human condition such as the grotesque and the sexual. Richard Terrell proposes in his essay Christian Fiction: Piety is not Enough, that Christian fiction cannot rely on being religious anymore to earn the title of “good fiction”. He addresses the issue of Christian fiction limiting itself to a certain range of topics because it is a “religious” work and these limitations result in mediocre writing. Though the credibility is weak throughout Christian Fiction: Piety is not Enough, the elements of logic and emotional appeal are effective in convincing Christian readers that today 's Christian fiction is subpar. It is a theme among Christian writing to not discuss topics that are at the core of human condition and Terrell logically explains that if the Bible talks about a subject then so can Christian fiction. Once Terrell presents the option that the Bible is the model for all Christian writing, his audience of Christian readers and writers are able to relate the fiction they 've read to the stories of the Bible. Terrell lists themes found in the Bible confidently, knowing that his audience has previous knowledge of Bible stories and its discussion of topics such as the grotesque, the earthly, the tragic, and damnation (251). Judges contains a few examples of grotesque topics such as when God 's servant Enud stabbed King Eglon and the King 's fat enveloped the sword or when Jael drove a
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