Late last December, I decided to write a blog post in which I would communicate something of the frustration I was feeling in my relationship with the church and with Christian faith in general. It occurred to me, when I sat down to write, that I might be able to express myself more effectively if I created an alter ego and let him say the things I was feeling. Thus the idea for Arthur Lough was born.
When I wrote the post which I titled “Arthur Lough’s Crisis of Faith,” I expected it would be a one-time occurrence. It was fun to do, and it let me blow off a little steam in the third person. Then it seemed appropriate to do a follow-up post, and before you could say “fictional curmudgeon,” I was well into the series of eighteen (so far) posts which I have called “The Arthur Chronicles.”