Christian Humanist Profiles 16: Fairy-Tale Levity

Victorian preacher and author George MacDonald has, especially among Christian readers, a serious MacDonaldreputation. Both for his seriously meditative fantasy novels, beloved of C.S. Lewis and others, and his seriously moralizing realistic novels, beloved of Oswald Chambers and others, MacDonald has earned a reputation as a high-minded and imaginative Christian thinker. However, Daniel Gabelman argues that all this focus on the serious misses the point, that there is a lightness at the heart of MacDonald’s work that is best seen not in his novels, but in his fairy tales. Today on Christian Humanist Profiles, we’ll be talking with Daniel Gabelman about his book, George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity.

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