Re: [asa] YEC sub-group & fiction

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Sat Jan 24 2009 - 10:21:47 EST

I recall coming across people in my own fundamentalist background who
thought this way about fiction as well. I don't recall it being tied
particularly to YEC, but that would not surprise me. And yes, such folks
will reject Pilgrim's Progress, the Narnia Chronicles, etc. In fact, I
specifically recall one person who felt the Narnia Chronicles were basically
demonic because fantasy fiction was particularly bad news.

David W. Opderbeck
Associate Professor of Law
Seton Hall University Law School
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology

On Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 10:01 AM, Merv Bitikofer <>wrote:

> I've recently become aware, within my school setting, of somebody who
> pretty much rejects all fiction writings as lies. And come to think of it,
> I have a very conservative home-schooling relative who, at the moment, I
> can't remember her daughters reading any fiction works either --and now I
> wonder if she feels the same way. (Maybe they read Pilgrim's Progress
> --I'll have to check.) They read lots of history and biographies & such.
> Is there a large community within YEC that feels this way? When my
> colleague asked the first person about parables in the Bible, she
> immediately was inflamed with the suggestion that any parable wouldn't be
> historical. "My God does not lie!" My friend wasn't sure what she would
> do with Nathan telling David fiction a story about a rich man, poor man, and
> his sheep --or probably other places where fiction was used to make a point
> as well. How would you respond? (I didn't speak with her directly about
> it --and don't intend to, but just want to know how widespread this
> sentiment is.)
> --Merv
> (realizing, if I hadn't before, that the YEC camp is hardly a unified
> monolith either.)
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