Friday, June 3, 2016

Fantasy: Advantages

Yes, dangers exist with the fantasy genre. But dangers exist with every genre, and indeed, with everything which exists in this world. This doesn't mean we shouldn't read fantasy. Indeed, there are many benefits we can reap from the fantasy genre when we enjoy it with discernment. For example:
  • Fantasy teaches us about heroism and sacrifice.
  • Fantasy stretches our imagination.
  • Fantasy reminds us of what God can do—that He is able to do more than we can even imagine. And since all fantasies are product of the imagination, God is able to do even more and greater things than what we see portrayed in these stories.
  • It provides us a fresh perspective, allowing us to see Christianity, as C.S. Lewis put it, without the stained glass. That is, by placing the familiar in an unfamiliar setting, we see these things with fresh eyes and a greater appreciation for the truth.


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