Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Faith and Fiction

Here in the early part of the twenty-first century, religious faith seems to have become increasingly prominent in world and cultural affairs. And this change in the salience of religious faith raises several questions, I think, for the art of the novel. If we think of fiction as “make believe” and religion as “must believe,” how might novelists reconcile the ambiguities and uncertainties of their craft with an attempt to express or characterize religious faith? Is what is meant by religious truth the same as artistic truth? And if these truths are different—and perhaps they are profoundly different—how might a novelist who hopes in some way to characterize or advance the cause of religious faith serve two masters?
says Albert Mobilio in conversation about Faith and Fiction with other authors at the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature. You can listen to this very interesting discussion here. (And there is much else worth browsing on the website.)

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