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

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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...]


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