By Mike Duran
To such a lot, the time period “Christian horror” most likely sounds like an oxymoron. however, there are excellent arguments to be made that “horror” is an eminently biblical style and that Christian artists will be on the leading edge of reclaiming it. during this paintings, novelist Mike Duran explores the Judeo-Christian roots of up to date horror, the non secular issues that body a lot of the horror paintings, and the way evangelical tradition has come to distance itself from this kind of most likely wealthy and robust medium. Duran seems at Christian artists and authors whose works hire the macabre and gruesome. From surrealist Hieronymus Bosch to Southern Gothicist Flannery O'Connor to the grasp of horror Stephen King, we will be able to hint a tremendously biblical worldview that frames their visions of terror. alongside the way in which, Duran solutions objections whereas constructing an apologetic, no longer for a brand new sub-genre, yet for a rethinking of the explanations that "Christian horror" has turn out to be considered as such an oxymoron.
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