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Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith

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An anthology of speculative fiction engaging with Christianity.

The Christian faith is filled with mystery, from the Trinity and the Incarnation to the smaller mysteries found in some of the strange and unexplained passages of the Bible: Behemoth and Leviathan, nephilim and seraphim, heroes and giants and more. There is no reason for fiction engaging with Christianity to be
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Paperback, First, 299 pages
Published August 31st 2016 by Enigmatic Mirror Press
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Sherwood Smith
We humans being the tangle of inconsistencies that we are, it doesn't surprise me that many fellow readers of speculative fiction hail the concept of diversity and yet when Christianity or Christian fiction is mentioned, sneer dismissively.

Well, there is a lot of bad Christian fiction out there. And the editors of this anthology admit that right up front.

Crankshaw and Janz—both trained in the sciences, one with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, the other with a degree in Organic Chemistry—have e
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Mike
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: codexians
I explained this book briefly to a friend as follows: "Aslan is not a tame lion."

I'm a Christian, but I don't usually read Christian fiction. This is largely because I expect it to be trite, shallow, neat, and preachy. The stories in this book are none of these things; in fact, some of them are very disturbing, all of them are thought-provoking, and all of them are well written. A number of the authors have impressive publication credentials in the fantasy and science fiction field.

I hope nobody
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Kevin Lucia
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Full review coming soon on Cemetery Dance Online.
Jessica Snell
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
It’s always at least a little hard to review an anthology, because it’s the work of so many different people, and you can love some of the stories and really hate others. But despite that, every anthology has its own flavor, thanks to the hand of the editor(s), and Mysterion, edited by Donald S. Crankshaw and Kristin Janz, is no different.

So, I’m going to start this review with my impressions of Mysterion as a whole, and then go on to talk a bit about the stories I really disliked, the ones that
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Esther
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I supported the creation of this book on Patreon for a couple of reasons. I agree with the editors on a few things:
- The 'thin' way in which Christian (and other religious) characters are portrayed in (speculative) fiction. They simply don't feel real from the inside, and the reduction of every conflict into a crisis of faith;
- The 'thin' way in which inspirational fiction portrays Christians. They are almost indistinguishable 'goodie-two-shoes' regardless of the setting of the story;
- The lack
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Stephen Case
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I was interviewing for a place in the graduate program for the history and philosophy of science at the University of Notre Dame, there was a dinner attended by prospective students and a few professors. We had all gone through the interviews and met several of the faculty, and one of the senior professors at the meal that night asked if we had any remaining questions. I had one: I wanted to know about the relationship between the program and the university’s Catholic identity. “What does i ...more
Beth Cato
May 12, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Not a review. Includes a reprint of my story "A Recipe for Rain and Rainbows."
D.C. Harrell
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-sff
Mysterion is an eclectic collection of speculative fiction that explores an eclectic collection of Christian doctrines. My particular favorites are the stories that look, not at a mortal’s relationship with God (or other immortals), but humans relating to humans or their avatars.

“The Monastic” (Daniel Southwell) challenges the individual’s entitled and wearied spirit to recall the supernatural and one’s place in it. From a more youthful, less exhausted position, “Forlorn” (Bret Carter) recalls t
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Lisa
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
While I still am not a fan of the short story, I loved reading these and considering what they grappled with. I inhaled this book over 36 hours. Praise God for written endeavors that explore faith issues without being turned into a frail and anemic text with a cross stuck to it.
Claire
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
The most inspiring thing I've read in a long time.
Pauline
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: Contemporary fantasy fans, spiritual fiction readers
Full disclosure: I wrote one of the stories in this book, "A Good Hoard." But setting aside my fondness for my own story, I must say I was overawed by the variety of strong work the editors compiled. Two particularly memorable ones explore the idea of a non-human intelligence interpreting Christianity. "This Far Gethsemane," by G. Scott Huggins, uses the point of view of a nonreligious human narrator who is pained to see the seemingly self-destructive decisions of her alien friend, a convert to ...more
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