Wayne :? ...
Inasmuch as fiction applies to writing, fiction is a literary work where the content is a product of the authorâ€™s imagination and is not necessarily based on fact. That is, there is an expectation that the contents are anecdotal fabrications, or put another way, storytelling. So, yes, a book that is fiction is considered to be just that- fiction. Ergo, â€œBEING DESIGNATED as fiction by an authorâ€ DOES â€œnecessarily mean its contents areâ€¦ false.â€
All storytelling, no matter the genre, contains some truth. One cannot accurately label a revision or amendment of a congressional record a work of fiction, unless one is trying to make a political statement (and if you are, I suggest you take that thought to The Coffee House where it would be more appropriate).
Even without having read the book in question I assume you are familiar with the most famous Jesus of all (the carpenter from Nazareth). As you rightly point out, amongst the Latin American community, many men are named Jesus, obviously as the namesake of the aforementioned Jesus. Probably most of the women in their families are named Maria (Ana Maria, Maria Pilar, etc.). But when one is stung and shouts â€œJesus!â€ I do not think that s/he is referring to the fellow who works in the kitchen; so that point should have been clear. :roll:
To your last point: were I a college professor of entomology you would have a reasonable expectation. But you assumption there is incorrect. I teach etymology. While the terms appear to be similar and are often confused, they are quite different. But I thank you for the attempt to discredit me, sir!
I am surprised that you are old enough to have gone to school with Mona.