As Christians, God plays the major role in most aspects of our lives. We may go to church, pray, and serve for God, but we should also extend our faith to our writing.
There are many ways to incorporate faith into writing. An allegory, like the Chronicles of Narnia (especially The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), entails an analogy or metaphor for Scripture. Pilgrim’s Progress also demonstrates this approach to writing. It’s very blatantly Christian, so in this style, God's name and presence will almost certainly be incorporated.
Another method of writing is much more subtle. As Christians, we incorporate our worldview into everything that we write. In this second method, the themes our work espouses are Biblical themes—loving our neighbor, sacrifice, service. This is the method J. R. R. Tolkien used in The Lord of the Rings. In this second method, God may or may not be mentioned, but either way, Christianity is upheld.
If God does come up in your book, then He must have a name. Here are a few thoughts on the subject.
- Pros: straight and to-the-point. There’s no confusion here about whether you’re really referring to the Christian God or not.
- Cons: it’s very obvious and pushy if you’re writing for non-Christian market
2. Biblical Name (e.g. Jehovah)
- Pros: Not quite so obvious as saying “God.” Still incorporates God as He chooses to be called.
- Cons: Again, can still be rather pushy. Non-Christians may be dissuaded by an overly “religious” tone.
3. An attribute (e.g. the One, Guide, Voice, Protector, etc.)
- Pros: Not so obvious and definitely not so pushy as a direct Biblical name.
- Cons: Often overused. More importantly, it’s impossible to sum up all that God is with only one word or one attribute.
4. A made-up name (e.g. Illuvatar from Tolkien’s works, or Aslan in Narnia)
- Pros: The least pushy of the lot. Creative and different. Can work better in the context of a different world.
- Cons: Difficult to “create” a unique, powerful-sounding, beautiful name that is worthy of God’s majesty. Also, may or may not be associated with the Christian God.
Be sure to give this topic a whole lot of thought and prayer. One of our most important responsibilities as writers is to represent God as He is. God bless as you embark on this most important decision!