One of the reasons why I enjoyed Tuck by Stephen Lawhead so much was because of the different perspectives we were given. And no, I'm not talking writing craft, points of view here. Instead, I'm speaking of the different spiritual perspectives that arose throughout the trilogy. For example, you have the very earthy faith of Angharad. You have the different monastic architecture between Abbot Hugo, who prefers expensive stone chapels, and the Welsh abbot (whose name escapes me), who oversees one made of rough wood. And, of course, there's the scene where Friar Tuck hides in a Ffreinc chapel, only to marvel at the fact that they have an actual confessional in there.
It was refreshing to me, at least, because it presented the very familiar Christian faith from new perspectives. For example, I wasn't all that comfortable (at first), when in Hood, Angharad was presented as basically a Christian druid. I worried that Lawhead had gone too far. But as I realized that Angharad was a good Christian, just one from a different tradition than mine, I could relax and enjoy the new perspective.
This is something that I think is sadly lacking in Christian fiction right now. I don't know about you, but I've noticed that in most Christian fiction, the main characters all belong to the same homogenized, generic, non-denominational churches. I've even heard rumors that publishers won't let characters be different denominations because they're worried that readers will somehow be "offended" if a character is a different denomination than they are, so no character can be any denomination.
That's just silly to me. What about us readers who do belong to a particular denomination? Should I be offended by the fact that I can't find any books that are written with Lutheran characters? (And yes, I know there are exceptions, but from where I'm sitting, those seem few and far between.) Maybe I'm being a little silly, but this has been bugging me for a while. Give us readers a bit more credit please.
Besides, like I said earlier, it's great to get a new perspective on things. We can often do that through fiction, by seeing things through a new character's eyes. Wouldn't it be great if we could see more Angharads and Tucks in Christian fiction? Wouldn't it be great if we could take a look at the faith through new theological perspectives?
Maybe I'm just dreaming, but it's a good dream as far as I'm concerned.
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