Finding God in Fairy Tales
Do stories with ogres, witches, evil stepmothers, and enchantments have any redeeming qualities for Christians? The answer is a firm yes. In this talk, which I did for the 2012 Athanatos Christian Ministries Online Apologetics Conference, I discuss the way in which fairy tales are an important and valuable form of literature for Christians.
In the talk, I briefly discuss common objections to fairy tales (that they are bad because they are not ‘true’ or because they depict un-Christian things like witches), and then discuss the ways in which fairy tales are valuable.
One of the key concepts in this talk is the way that the fairy-tale world, which is not realistic in detail, actually depicts the reality of human life much more clearly and accurately than many ‘realistic’ stories, by showing clearly that we live in a broken, sinful world that needs a Savior – and has one! As JRR Tolkien points out, the Gospel is the ultimate fairy tale, the story with a happy ending — and it is true!
Here are links to some resources I recommend on this topic:
“The Red Angel” from Tremendous Trifles by GK Chesterton
“On Fairy-Stories” from The Tolkien Reader by JRR Tolkien
This lecture is 36 minutes long; you can listen by using the player at the top of the page, or by clicking here to open the audio player in a new window.