Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

In addition to the deep meditation on the nature of the Trinity and on the role of each of its persons, the work calls Christians to think and to act on their having been created in the image of God, the creator of all things.

Sayers’s exploration of the origin of evil is one place where Sayers advises us to act creatively. The creation of the character Hamlet simultaneously created the category of not-Hamlet (potential evil). With David Garrick’s rewriting of Hamlet, anti-Hamlet (or positive evil) entered the world. By looking at Garrick as a problem to be solved, we may right an evil, but we have not redeemed it. The redemption of evil—turning it to positive good—can come about only through creativity. When we laugh at Garrick, parody him, or write him into an example of literary evil, we creatively redeem the evil he has done. This redemption must take place on the same terms as the evil, just as Christ’s redemption had to take place on the same terms as the evil created—those of experience in matter.

Sayers calls Christians to recognize that the reflection of the Trinity is contained in every man and woman. The Christian approach to work must reflect this; the Christian must love creation and recognize that work is creation.