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Four Fictions and Their Theological Truths

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Four novels elicit theological reflection in the college classroom. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver describes justification by grace and the difficulty of living liberated from guilt. The Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling prompt tensions between destiny and free choice in determining personal identity. At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon challenges conscientious Christian community to open itself in risk to outsiders. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant retrieves silent women's voices in the Book of Genesis, raising tensions between fiction and biblical authority.
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Keywords: Christian community; Fiction; Harry Potter; Justification by faith; Mitford; Red Tent; Vocation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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