Gene C. Fant, Jr., God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative
The major premise of this book is that God’s story, the Gospel, serves as a natural and inherent template for human narratives. The author rejects many modern perspectives on interpreting literature (including deconstructionism and reader-response theories), and urges his reader to see the fall-restoration motif (which he also calls balance-imbalance-rebalance) in good literature. He extends the idea of natural theology to the realm of literature by arguing that the human desire for a positive, long-lasting resolution to problems stems from our innate awareness of the brokenness of the world.
Gene Fant believes that all truth is God’s truth, and, therefore, the accurate reflections of reality in world literature and religion give evidence for the truth of Scripture. The author pulls a delicate balance between recognizing the value of non-Christian literature without affirming its worldview. He illustrates how the believer can use literature as a bridge for presenting the Gospel to unbelievers. Finally, in his concluding two chapters, Fant urges his readers to read literature redemptively and to write redemptively. The books is well worth investiture of time and thought, especially for students of English literature and biblical hermeneutics.
- Softcover: 201 pages
- Publisher: B & H Academic, 2010
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0805447903
Reviewed by: Brian Hand, Ph.D., Professor of New Testament in BJU Seminary.
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