I enjoy dystopian novels. However, it isn’t just a bizarre interest of mine. Right now, people are flocking to the movie theaters to see Catching Fire or swarming the bookstores to pick up Allegiant. In generations past, you could pick up Lord of the Flies or even Fahrenheit 451 to see a depiction of a world gone wrong.
In the past, I have thought of these novels more as an enjoyable pastime. They let you think about the bigger issues in life, but they are clearly set in a fictional world where we don’t have to actually live through the ideas. I wouldn’t want to live on an island where people were running around killing each other without any laws, but it is interesting to think about human nature and how people would react in that situation.
However, a new idea hit me (I am sure that someone said it before, but it was new to me). Why not use this popular trend as a way to discuss apologetics? Obviously, I have thought about engaging with culture before, but I never thought dystopian novels as an apologetic mechanism. [Read more...]