Here are some of the benefits Moore sees of reading literature:
- "Fiction helps to shape and hone . . . the moral imagination."
- "Fiction can sometimes, like Nathan the prophet’s story of the ewe lamb, awaken parts of us that we have calloused over, due to ignorance or laziness or inattention or sin."
- "Fiction helps the Christian to learn to speak in ways that can navigate between the boring abstract and the irrelevant mundane."
- Fiction teaches empathy
- Fiction is "rooted in an endlessly creative God who has chosen to be imaged by human beings who create."
Challies asks Moore to recommend a few contemporary novels. Moore's first and highest recommendation is for A Confederacy of Dunces. On his recommendation, and in spite of the hideous cover art, I downloaded it for my kindle. Happy reading!
Read the whole interview here.