Sometimes I want to argue. It's stated somewhat in the title of this blog and the verse behind it, but it's been frustrating me lately that no one will help me out by having a good, sensible argument.
I need friends who will discuss, talk, and argue with me, especially about controversial issues or things I want to hear different opinions about. I think most of my friends are too nice to do this, even if it's just in writing, even when I'm pretty obvious about it. So here's hoping a more anonymous forum might result in some good points of view from whoever it is that actually reads this blog.
The books that raised the questions are the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. These books are really, really dark and deal with a lot of filth, sin, grace, death, and redemption. There are a lot of 'scenes' that contain content that would be offensive to many Christians.
One of my friends about the book: "I don't think I could bring myself to produce that many swear words and 'scenes' in a book and still claim to be a Christian . . ."
Some questions about art in general and books in particular:
a. Is it okay for Christians to read such books?
b. Should we limit ourselves to only reading what does not offend any of our brothers and sisters?
c. Should we limit ourselves to only reading what does not offend any of our brothers and sisters in front of them?
d. Is this the same as hiding it from them/lying to them?
e. Is depiction the same as endorsement?
I ask these questions sincerely as a reader, a writer, and a believer. I am truly interested in your answers, whatever they are. Please fight among yourselves. :)