Subject: to Charles Robinson concerning Larry Brown’s Fay
From Sam Broussard
You don’t need to evaluate the works of an author on a moral scale. It’s not required by either literature or Christianity, unless you’re writing for a specifically Christian organization. Without some kind of conflict, there are no stories. If you avoid ? or recommend that others avoid ? works where immorality is on display, there won’t be much to read. You will have to stop reading the Bible. If, however, you view the Bible’s tales of immorality as lessons, you
may as well consider a book like Fay as a lesson also. Brown didn’t recommend such lifestyles; he wrote about them. It would do you well to remember that. In literature there is indeed a “socially redeeming” aspect to immoral behavior; it’s called redemption, and it is the most common literary device.
You, as a Christian, can believe that life begins with conception, but the Bible says nothing about ensoulment except to Jeremiah about Jeremiah, so you don’t really know. Highly fallible men have decided that life begins at conception, but they don’t really know. You and I are both men of faith, but we don’t really know either ? we’ll only really know when we’re dead.
And remember that in Matthew, you are told to judge not.