CNN quotes Books and Culture’s John Wilson in news about new Jesus novels

UPDATE: Now, read John Wilson’s commentary on Anne Rice at Books and Culture.

John Wilson, editor of Books and Culture, was quoted today in a new CNN article covering Anne Rice‘s new focus on Christian faith, her new novel Christ the Lord, and the latest novel by Walter Wangerin: Jesus: A Novel.

John Wilson, editor of the evangelical journal Books & Culture, said the conjunction of the Jesus novels by Rice and Wangerin isn’t surprising — writers have continually produced fiction about Jesus. Among them: Sholem Asch, Anthony Burgess, Robert Graves, Nikos Kazantzakis, D. H. Lawrence, Norman Mailer, Jose Saramago and Gore Vidal.

It’s a difficult challenge. None of these novels are masterpieces and “often they just seem absurd,” Wilson said. “You don’t know whether to laugh or to cry, both with the pious variety and the debunkers.”

As for Rice, he thinks she simply “had taken this flirtation with evil as far as it would go and returned to the good.”

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Ah, too late. WNGL (Wayne Proctor) has already recognized the hat…

  • J. Mark Bertrand

    A Clockwork Orange?

  • wngl

    Unbearable Lightness?

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    The Avengers?

  • mark

    I guess we’re moving out of the 60′s and into the 70′s again.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Does this mean jesus has officially become a fad?

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Yes, we’ve been covering Brian Flemming’s endeavors over at Christianity Today for many months.

    Go here:
    http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies

    Type “Flemming” into the SEARCH window on the left. You’ll find several links.

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    All these novels and movies are coming out about Christ.

    This might interest you.

    http://www.religionnewsblog.com/12749/Controversial-filmmaker-asks-if-Jesus-really-lived


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