The Importance of Excellence in Christian Writing
Stories and poetry can be powerful ways to show the truth of the Christian faith — if they are truly good stories and good poetry. Too often, Christian writers settle for less than the best, wrapping a mediocre story around a Bible lesson or apologetics argument and thinking that’s “good enough.” However, Christians should have the highest standards of excellence for Christian literature, to give glory to God and to have the greatest power to draw people to the faith.
In this talk, I challenge Christians, as writers and readers, to recognize that good intentions are not enough. We need excellence in craftsmanship, in storytelling, in art — doing our very best work to the glory of God.
These are some of the books and poems that I discuss in the talk:
CS Lewis: “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said.” On Stories and Other Essays on Literature
Michael Ward: Planet Narnia
Gerard Manley Hopkins: poems
Malcolm Guite: “O Clavis”
You can listen to the talk by using the player at the top of the post, or if that does not appear, by clicking on this link.