Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

Frank William Boreham 1871-1959
A photo F W Boreham took of himself in 1911

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Why F W Boreham Favored Storytelling

F W Boreham favored the story because it usefully disguises overt religious language, as nature camouflages its seeds. In stories about people doing ordinary, everyday things, Boreham wrapped theological ideas in flesh and blood to engage his readers’ imagination and aid their comprehension. In the telling of human stories, theological ideas descended from remote, other-worldly planes to a down-to-earth level, thus enhancing the potential to evoke liveable experiences in the lives of Boreham’s readers.

As storytelling theologian Frederick Buechner said, “The Truth that Christianity claims to be true is ultimately to be found … not in the Bible, or the Church, or Theology—the best they can do is point to the Truth—but in our own stories.”[1]

Geoff Pound

Image: “stories usefully disguise overt religious language, as nature camouflages its seeds.”

[1] Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the dark: A doubter’s dictionary (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993), 115.