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I’ve heard a lot of arguments for or against including profanity in Christian fiction. In realism especially, including profanity in a character’s manner of speaking tends to help with the setting and tone, and trying to substitute lesser or made-up curse words usually detracts from the immersion. It also kinda seems weird to refrain from profanity when other worldly and darker sins like murder, infidelity, and blasphemy are present. However, I’ve also heard the argument that the things you think and say and write about will inevitably make it into your own habits, which is obviously undesirable. Also, since profanity might not be directly addressed like murder, infidelity, or blasphemy, a work including profanity might seem to be condoning it.

Thoughts?

Doc Dave DEWITT Answered question February 5, 2024