Ryken: Renewed Understanding and Zest

“Literature takes reality and human experience as its starting point, transforms it by means of the imagination, and sends readers back into life with renewed understanding of it and zest for it because of their excursion into a purely imaginary realm…

Reading and writing literature depend on a respect for the ability of the imagination to embody truth. There is no valid reason for the perennial Christian preference of biography, history, and the newspaper to fiction and poetry. The former tell us what happened, while literature tells us what happens.”

– Leland Ryken, in his essay “Thinking Christianly About Literature”

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  1. “Reading and writing literature depend on a respect for the ability of the imagination to embody truth” this is very nicely said. Thank you for sharing!

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