Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
In Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements for BIB-1223
February 8, 2013
Fant, Gene. God as Author. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic Publishing Group, 2010.
Gene Fant in his book God as Author argues that the gospel is not just like a story, but that stories are like the gospel in order to show that God stands behind the power of narrative, and that any story we are given, He has given us to point us back to Him.
Fant addresses the many of the different ways to read narrative and maintains the fact that allegory is the basis for most every way of interpreting narrative. (23) Fant looks at the majority of secular ways to read and offers that they are all in fact, subconsciously or consciously, trying to emulate biblical allegory. (24) In most secular ways to read literature, the approach is cynical, and probing, which Fant suggests does not take into value the communal aspect of narrative, and tends to isolate the text, in ways as to prevent the reader from making necessary connections within the text. The major connection that Fant wants the reader to realize is the connection of The Biblical Restoration narrative with all the parts in literary narrative. Fant’s argument suggests that readers will miss the depth of characters and will connect the misery and hopelessness they see in the world around them unless they choose to see view narrative through the lens of restoration. (126)
Fant has an argument that secular writers would no doubt fight against. He is claiming that the literary classics students are required to read today were not really meant to show the dangers of a “Big Brother” society and the warning of totalitarianism, as is the case with many of the themes in George Orwell’s 1984, but in fact is to show that Winston’s...