In addition to moderating a panel on “The Inklings and King Arthur” at Mythcon 45, I am also serving on a panel on “Faith and Fantasy” in the brilliant company of Carl Hostetter, Lynn Maudlin, and Chip Crane. Our panel will address the following questions generally:
* How does fantasy “fit” with faith?
* Can fantasy writing effectively express or affirm faith?
* How or when does it fall short of doing so?
* Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams are known for their Christian faith, and all three took distinctive approaches toward expressing it (or not) in their fiction. Are these writers successful in their approach?
I plan to focus on CW’s novels. More specifically, I will open my portion of the discussion by answering three questions:
1) Does CW’s faith show up in his fantasy writing?
2) How does he portray faith or religious practice within the story itself?
3) Does his representation strengthen or weaken the power or effect of the story?