Spreading the gospel is one of the most important (if not the most important) purposes of Christians. This does not necessarily mean direct evangelism, although that is important as well. Christian authors C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien understood this, and attempted to meet the world where it was at and use their talents of writing to convey a Christian message without directly stating it. For those familiar with Lewis’ and Tolkien’s works The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings (respectively) it is immediately apparent (even for a lot of non-Christians) that Lewis is crafting a very clear allegory of Jesus and Satan with his portrayal of Aslan and the White Witch. This is certainly conducive to spreading the gospel. However, some people consider Lewis’ writing to be too up-front for non-believers, and that a more subtle approach that still portrays Christian morals and themes is better. That was Tolkien’s view. He wrote The Lord of the Rings in such a way that it clearly portrays themes such as “good triumphs over evil”, “actions have consequences”, etc. so that it isn’t blatantly apparent that it comes from a Christian viewpoint, but a strong, morally good message is still being portrayed. My question is this: which style of writing (fiction) do you believe is most effective for conveying a solid gospel message for the eventual purpose of the reader coming to know Christ?
A video with highlights from a (very informal) debate about this subject is located here if you are interested.