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God and Scrooge: Finding the Faith of Charles Dickens

Who was Charles Dickens, the man who brought us memorable characters like Scrooge and Tiny Tim? His work is still studied today, but few know about his faith. Read Transcript


TODAY?

IT IS CHRISTMAS DAY, OF COURSE.

REPORTER: FROM THE SCREEN TO

THE STAGE.

*

THE TRANSFORMATION OF SCROOGE

FROM MISER TO CHEERFUL GIVER

STRIKES A CORD IN THE HEARTS OF

ADULTS AND CHILDREN.

*

ALL THESE VERSIONS A RESULT OF

CHARLES DICKENS "A CHRISTMAS

CAROL" THE ENGLISH WRITER LOVED

THE HOLIDAY.

HE SAID I WILL HONOR CHRISTMAS

IN MY HEART AND TRY TO KEEP IT

ALL THE YEAR.

MANKIND WAS MY BUSINESS,

COMMON WELFARE WAS MY BUSINESS,

CHARITY, MERCY, AND BENEVOLENCE

ALL MY BUSINESS.

AKRON, OHIO NATIVE EARNED A

PHD AT UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS

FOR HIS WORK ON DICKENS.

DICKENS USES REAL

CHRISTIANITY A NUMBER OF TIMES.

REAL CHRISTIANITY IS BEING LIKE

JESUS.

DURING HIS RESEARCH, COLLEGE

DISCOVERED DICKENS WAS A

CHRISTIAN AND HIS FAITH IN JESUS

CHRIST SURFACES IN THE THEMES

AND CHARACTERS.

HE READ A LETTER FROM DICKENSES

.

ALL MY SOCIAL ABUSES ARE

DEPARTURES FROM ITS SPIRIT.

ALL MY GOOD PEOPLE ARE HUMBLE,

CHARITABLE, FAITHFUL, FORGIVING.

OVER AND OVER I CLAIM THEM AS

DISCIPLES OF THE FOUNDER OF OUR

RELIGION.

COLLEGE SAYS MARLY'S WARNING

TO SCROOGE REFLECTS THE

IMPORTANCE OF IMITATING CHRIST.

THE TAKING CARE OF HUMANITY,

THINKING OF MY FELLOW MAN, DOING

UNTO OTHERS AS I WOULD HAVE THEM

DO UNTO ME.

FOR DICKENS, THE GOLDEN RULE WAS

ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL.

COLLEGE BELIEVES THE MOST

DEFINITIVE EVIDENCE IS THIS

LITTLE KNOWN WORK WRITTEN IN THE

HEIGHT OF HIS CAREER OVER A

PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

TITLED, "THE LIFE OUR LORD."

CRITICS ARE RIGHT, IT IS NOT

A FANTASTIC PIECE OF LITERATURE.

IT SHINES A BRIGHT LIGHT ON

DICKENS FAITH.

HE IS THE SOUL EDITOR OF THIS

THING.

COLLEGE CALLS "THE LIFE OUR

LORD" A GOSPEL HARMONY WHERE THE

WRITER INTERWEAVES -- THE LIFE

OF CHRIST FOR THE NEXT

GENERATION, HIS CHILDREN.

MY DEAR CHILDREN, I AM

ANXIOUS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

SOMETHING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST,

FOR EVERYBODY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

HIM.

A CHRISTIAN FAMILY AT THE

TIME WOULD HAVE HAD TWO BOOKS IN

THEIR HOME, THE BIBLE AND GOSPEL

HARMONY.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION OF ITS

CHILDREN IS NOTHING DICKENS

WOULD LEAVE TO SOMEONE ELSE.

THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY

IMPORTANT TOOL IN DICKENS FAMILY

FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION

INSTRUCTION IN CHRISTIAN

THINKING.

COLLEGE SAYS VERY FEW PEOPLE

KNOW ABOUT THIS PART OF

DICKENS'S WORK.

LITERARY CRITICS DISMISSED

RELIGION AS UNIMPORTANT AND

SUPERFICIAL.

EDUCATORS FOLLOWED SUIT.

HE PRESENTED HIS DISROTATION AT

ST. ANDREWS.

I WOULD BE SO AUDACIOUS THAT

THIS PERSON WAS A MAN OF FAITH.

I DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN THAT

HOSTILITY, PEOPLE LIKE DARKNESS

BETTER THAN LIGHT.

A HANDFUL OF LITERARY

SCHOLARS HAVE DISCUSSED THE

FAITH OF DICKENS TO SHINE THE

LIGHT MUCH BRIGHTER, COLLEGE

SAYS HE BELIEVES GOD WANTED HIM

TO WRITE THIS BOOK.

IT IS ENTITLED "GOD AND CHARLES

DICKENS, RECOVERING THE

CHRISTIAN VOICE OF A CLASSIC

AUTHOR" A BOOK RELEASED THIS

YEAR THE 200 ANSWER ANNIVERSARY

OF DICKENS'S BOOK.

IT WAS EASY TO GET A

PUBLISHER.

IT IS A GOOD FEELING WHEN YOU

KNOW THE SPIRIT OF GOD IS

INVOLVED.

AND THIS IS NOT YOUR PROJECT.

HE DEDICATES THE BOOK TO HIS

GRANDCHILDREN, MAY YOU EACH FIND

JOY AS DID DICKENS IN OUR

SAVIOR.

MARK MARTIN,

CBN NEWS, AKRON, OHIO.

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