I’ve come to the conclusion that Christians shouldn’t write speculative fiction at all. Especially not fantasy.
Pitchforks rattle in the distance, so let me explain.
I’ve been circulating around the Christian spec fic community for a couple of years now. Like any community, it has its sticking points that the community bickers over.
Magic or no magic?
If C. S. Lewis used Aslan to represent Jesus, I can use The Generic Christ Figure in MY book!
Angels? Nephilim? Demons? Aliens?
Wizards are BAD and EVIL
DRAGONS REPRESENT SATAN
If you have a pantheon in your books UR GOIN 2 HELL
Christians should only read things that edify our souls in Christ! Pagan authors are doubtful at best and dangerous at worst! TRUTH!
Now, go into a bookstore/library. Pick up a random fantasy novel and read the back cover. It will involve:
Other mythical creatures/monsters
All of the above
These things are standard genre tropes. It’s the same as walking into the mystery section. There you will find:
Interesting ways of hiding the body
Now, imagine if Christians were whining, “Reading books where people die is against my principles! I want to write murder mysteries with no murder, no weapons, and no sleuth!”
It begs the question, “Then why are you trying to write this genre at all?”
That is the question that continually mystifies me.