9 Metaphors of Hope: Saving the Damned and the Devilish

Megan Crane has asserted that she and her fellow romance authors “see very few limits to the things they can make right with the power of love.” They may therefore be moved to express this faith in love through a range of situations, which express their hopes about the limits (or lack of them), of love. When a protagonist is in need of salvation they are in a situation of emotional and spiritual danger. Situations in which salvation are required are, after all,

related to the same basic experience: “to be taken out of a danger,” a situation in which one runs the risk  of perishing. Depending on the nature of the danger, the  act of  saving is protection, liberation, redemption, caring, or curing, and the salvation given is victory, life, healing, peace. (Heath 260)

According to the theologian Wayne Morris there are “three main aspects or dimensions” to most Christian “theological discourses on salvation”:

1. a description of the state from which it is understood salvation is necessary;

2. the process by which salvation is realized and the extent of human participation [...] in making salvation possible;

3. an articulation of what the final end state of salvation will be like. (37)

These aspects provide the structure for this chapter.