When I released “And Ye Shall Be Healed” as a stand-alone short story on Amazon, one of the reviews said something to the effect of it really showing how messed-up some church-going people are. Since it’s Sunday, I guess now would be as good a time as any to address that issue in the story.
I don’t consider “And Ye Shall Be Healed” to be an anti-Christian story. Certainly, there are misguided believers in the story, but they’re not bad people. Even Dave, who isn’t a believer in the story, thinks they mean well.
It’s always been my feeling that religion doesn’t make people good or bad. Religion just gives people an outlet to be who they already are. The same Christianity that motivates the faith healers is something Cari specifically references. But who they are determines how they see their faith, and what they do.
Religion isn’t the villain of the story. Or, at least, I didn’t mean it to be. People can have their own interpretations, of course.
If you think that I gave religion or Christianity short shrift in the story, let me know in the comments below. I won’t change the story, because it’s already out there, and it’s what I think, anyway, but I’d be interested in having a discussion about it. 🙂