A long time ago, Brandon posted
My grandfather, a pastor for many years, has always said that Science Fiction is a waste of time, because “it posits at things which God never intended.”
I’ve struggled with this for a little bit to give an answer better than, “I like it,” or “I’m better at imagining that than I am at coming up with Amish romance plots.”
Well, a rather brilliant post is up on Decomposed that offers 5 Reasons Why Your Pastor Should Read Fiction. While he’s targeting fiction in general and pastors in specific, I think his reasons apply equally well for “everyone” and “science fiction.” (Having poked around his blog for a little bit, I suspect Mike Duran would agree.) Go check out his reasons, comment there, comment here, but get the discussion going.
Should we read fiction? And, if we’re so inclined, should we read science fiction?