Oh, That Old Time Religion!

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Have you ever noticed how many older books mention God?

From Sherlock Holmes to Jane Eyre, it seems that many books written before the 20th century seem to include a copious amount of Christianity.  In contrast, the majority of modern Christian stories are now sharply divided from secular stories.  The secular books generally leave every trace of God out; the Christian books often tend to sound a bit preachy.  Things weren’t always like this, though.  There was a time when you couldn’t even pick up a vampire tale without seeing mention of God every couple of pages.

Modern authors seem to be laboring under a false dichotomy: either they must make no mention of God, or else they must fill their story with “spiritual” terms and plots that seem forced.  Although I would much rather an author mention God too much rather than not at all, good authors must…

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