Earlier this week I read this post about fiction and sin. It reminded me of an old post from last year. Remember when we discussed the grey areas of reading fiction – where right and wrong aren’t immediately evident?
Some of you lovely readers made some great points. Our standards were diverse, and it was a sanctifying and edifying experience to be able to discuss our viewpoints.
In her post that I’m reblogging today, writer Suzannah Rowntree, offers her viewpoints on sin portrayed in fiction and whether or not – and when – it’s wrong to read such. You can view her post here:
Of the two guiding principles that Suzannah shared, the second one resounded with me most. In it, she said:
If it’s imperative that our fiction should deal with topics of sin and evil—and I think it is—then the question is how? This is the point at which we might be tempted to answer the question quantitatively. One or two swearwords are OK, but not lots. Or a little bit of bad attitude, but nothing too outrageous. Or an implied liason, as long as the camera fades to black before the clothes come off.
There’s one problem with this approach: it’s not the approach we see in Scripture.
-Suzannah Rowntree, Foundations of Reconstruction
“It’s not the approach we see in Scripture.” And Scripture is the standard. What good, biblical truth! Definitely read the whole post; it has good value.
Also, please go ahead and leave a comment on Suzannah’s post to engage with her about what she wrote. But I’d also be interested in hearing from you here if you feel so compelled to share.
- Of the two principles, which is your favorite? Why?
- Do you have an outstanding quote?
- How does your viewpoint align with or differ from Suzannah’s? Would you add anything?