Fantasy, Writing

Faith and Fantasy

I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted, and here I am posting a somewhat controversial post. Ha! Enjoy. 😉

For decades, probably since the release of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ground-breaking and controversial Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the fantasy genre has received a hailstorm of criticism from the veterans of the Church, those so stuck in their ways that when Christian fantasy comes along, they don’t view the faith part of it, they only see what they want to see, the “demonic” fantastical elements.

In the past few years, more and more Christians have come to realize that faith and fantasy can, in fact, mix. In fact, they go extremely well together!
The problem with many Christians is that they stick to one side of an extreme. Now, holding the view that faith and fantasy don’t mix is not going to affect one’s eternity, but it does prevent one from being open to seeing the awe and wonderment of fantasy realms, which often superbly depict the Creator’s masterful artwork.
I am an avid supporter of “Faith + Fantasy”, which you might’ve known from the many fantasy novels I’ve written/started. I believe that they do mix, but I also believe that the fantasy genre is extraordinary on its own.
Some of you might wonder what my views are on things like dragons and magic. Well, I’ll tell you.

{Dragons}
I actually think that it’s possible that dragons existed. I think they walked (or flew) the earth during the Age of Dinosaurs. The Bible even mentions dragons when referring to the “Leviathan” (Check out the book of Job). This leads me to believe that, if God created dragons, then they are not inherently evil. They are no more evil than a lion, goat, or snake (all creatures used to depict or describe the devil at some point or another in the Bible).

I think whether a dragon is good or evil is entirely up to the author and how he/she chooses to utilize them. For me, dragons are some of the most incredible, amazing, extraordinary, graceful creatures, despite the fact that I’ve used them as both good and evil creatures.

{Magic}

Magic, however, is a much trickier subject. In order to share my views on this, we must first differentiate between the term “magick” and “magic”. You might think that these are the same words just different spellings. But they’re not.

Magick – A power or effort associated with wicca.

Wicca – a nature-oriented religion having rituals and practices derived from pre-Christian religious beliefs and typically incorporating modern witchcraft of a benevolent kind.

Magic – In fantasy, magic is not depicted as a form of witchcraft, but rather supernatural gifts and abilities gifted to man by some form of a deity.(Eru Ilúvatar in The Lord of the Rings).

Based upon these varying definitions, we can see very clearly that Magick is witchcraft and that Magic is a supernatural, beyond-human set of abilities gifted to man by God or gods.

Dragons and magic are the two hot topics that have caused such controversy swirling about faith and fantasy. I believe, that if a writer handles each topic with sincerity and maturity, they can successfully portray an extraordinary work of faith and/or fantasy.

Please leave any questions or comments in the comments section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. 🙂