Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Tuesday, February 01, 2005  

Today's Homily:

(It's longer than a quote, and it quotes others in reference.)

The great fantasy storytellers C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien had a theory—that fairy tales, unlike other kinds of stories, point to things that we know, but have not yet experienced. They give us a sort of elementary language for exploring the mysteries that God has not yet revealed to us—for example, life beyond death.

Mark Moring and Jeffrey Overstreet
at Christianity Today

This is well said and explains what I've always been trying to do in my own fiction which uses fantasy to try and illustrate spiritual states and conditions such as in Brightness Springs and The White Wall.

It's what makes so much of the Bible attractive to children, or what makes the Sermon on the Mount resonate with a teenager. The experience of God and Jesus is not yet graved but the knowing template for it is already there, and the soul responds; much like Wordsworth's "my heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky."

posted by Mark Butterworth | 1:59 PM |