Why Pastor-Theologians Should Read Fiction

Cover ArtThe Gospel Coalition shared 4 Reasons Pastor-Theologians Should Read Fiction, from Kevin Vanhoozer and Owen Strachen’s  The Pastor as Public Theologian.

“C. S. Lewis put it best when he spoke of the ‘enlargement of our being,’ observing: ‘In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.’ Lewis raises a crucial point. It’s most important that pastor-theologians get ‘out’ of themselves and learn to see things from other points of view. To love others we’ve got to be able to put ourselves in their place.

The great poets and storytellers often write about universal themes: quests for happiness, tragic loss, love in all its permutations, and so forth. Flannery O’Connor’s short stories teach us to look for grace in unexpected places (e.g., in the grotesque). Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov contains one of the most insightful probings of the problem of evil.”

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Also of note, The Pastor as Public Theologian was a featured review at The Englewood Review of Books.