Citizenship Confusion: Why Christians Should Read Disturbing, Dark, and Secular Fiction

Every Monday in Citizenship Confusion, Alan Noble discusses how we confuse our heavenly citizenship with citizenship to the state, culture, and the world.This summer I have been somewhat dutifully working on my dissertation, which will address the manifestation of signals of transcendence in Twentieth Century American Fiction. Whatever that means. (Maybe I'll tell you when I know.) In preparing to write, I recently re-read what many would consider to be a quintessential "dark" or "depr … [Read more...]

How Reading Disturbing Novels can make you a Better Reader of the Bible

As a PhD student in Literature, a typical question I get asked when I meet someone is what my field is. My answer, Modern American literature, has seldom been received well, as it is also known as a dreadfully depressing period in American fiction. Usually the follow up question goes something like: "Do you read those books because they are assigned or because you enjoy reading them?" The implied question is why anyone, particularly a Christian, would choose to read a book like As I Lay Dying or … [Read more...]