College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
creative fiction, worldview fiction, Christian worldview fiction, hero's journey, coming of age, real world, social work
Flynn, Stephen Douglas, "Christianity Worldview in Fiction Writing: History, Comparison, and Understanding" (2023). Masters Theses. 995.
In researching this paper, the artist learned a great deal about how fiction and popular genres are tied directly to or at least behind the print. First, the research takes a perfunctory look at how the Christian behaviors and, more or less, common morals create what readers know today as a worldview genre, also known by other names. The worldview seeks to present a protagonist who changes something about their view of the world by the end of the story. The paper goes on to look at the Christian worldview from the perspective of religious leaders. While it may seem that the Cristian Worldview would be a subject easily agreed upon but there is some disagreement among scholars as to some specifics. When it comes to Christian worldview books as compared to secular worldview, the distribution means and plentitude of one was far more that the other. Another aspect discussed is the need for a Christian author to find a way to get his or her message through while still keeping the secular entertainment aspect of the story if it to be commercially viable. Empathy, regardless of whether from a secularist or a Christian, is a necessity, or least being able to pretend empathy. This last part of the critical research paper goes into greater depth about empathy with the goal of demonstrating how empathy plays a major role in storytelling and how it can be taught if not already known.