For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Trevin Wax.
Trevin Wax is author of Clear Winter Nights. He currently works at LifeWay Christian Resources as managing editor of The Gospel Project, a gospel-centered small group curriculum for all ages that focuses on the grand narrative of Scripture. He blogs regularly at Kingdom People.
Today we chat with Trevin about storytelling, influences, and conviction.
You've written, blogged, and spoke on theological issues. Now you dive into a work of fiction. What prompted this change in genre?
It's interesting how you phrased that question within a framework of moving from "theology" to "fiction." I think this question illuminates something in the way evangelicals tend to think about theology. We see it as the abstract explanation of propositional truth. This is one aspect of "doing theology," of course, but throughout Christian history, there have been plenty of believers who have chosen to do theology through fiction. One thinks of Dante, Bunyan, and Lewis. Going even further back, we see how Jesus' parables taught theology through story. Considering this long line of storytellers, I thought: Why not?
You've been impacted by the work of men like Chesterton and Lewis. Does their influence show up in Clear Winter Nights?
Yes, the fictional town (Lewisville) is a nod to C.S. Lewis, and Gil is named after Chesterton. Both men have shaped me, but I believe readers will find more of Chesterton's influence in this book than Lewis', primarily because the novel is about characters discussing big ideas, not an imaginative world like Narnia.
One of your characters, Chris, is a young Christian leader plagued by doubts. Was this a composite of folks you've counseled in the ...