Back from the Story conference in Chicago where I spoke last week. The sold-out event featured artists and businessmen addressing young Christian leaders on how best to spread their message. I spoke about some of the darker and more twisted stories and themes that led me to faith, including Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and, completely against the author’s atheistic and possibly psychopathic intentions, Justine by the Marquis de Sade. (It was my philosophical reaction to the Marquis – not my own sex life as people usually assume – that led me to give Jason Harrow a history of S/M in Empire of Lies.)
I have to say, the audience’s reception of what I had to say was a pleasant shock. I was already off the stage and speaking to my friends from my young adult publisher Thomas Nelson when I noticed the applause was going on a long time and looked up to find I was receiving a standing ovation! A very moving and gratifying moment.
Maybe their kindness prejudiced me, but I’ve said it before: I find Christians – evangelicals in particular – the most misrepresented and unfairly treated group of people in intellectual America. But then, someone warned them that was going to happen. Oh yeah: Jesus.
I noticed someone recording my speech and if it becomes available, I’ll post it here.