N.D. Wilson: Stories Are Like Catechisms for Your Impulses

From a brief Q/A by Marvin Olasky (World Magazine) with author N.D. Wilson. (Pictured above is Wilson’s newest book, The Dragon’s Tooth, which is excellent.)

Olasky: You’ve said you learned more philosophy, maybe even theology, from C.S. Lewis and Tolkien than from anything you studied in college. Is that one reason you write fiction rather than theological tomes?

Wilson: Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you’d be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one. Stories are like catechisms, but they’re catechisms for your impulses, they’re catechisms with flesh on.

I agree (so) strongly. Lewis and Tolkien have been better trainers to my heart than most, if not all, the preachers I’ve ever heard (except my Dad –for lots of reasons). I posted the entire interview earlier (HERE), in which Wilson talks Harry Potter, stories, and much more. It is well worth your time. -Sam


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