Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Evangelicals and Harry Potter

I've done it. I finished the Harry Potter series a few days ago. I first picked up Harry Potter many years ago because may daughter was a fan and I wanted to see if it was OK to let her read the books. At that time there was a great deal of passion from some Evangelical circles condemning the books because they were about wizards and witches.

After reading the first book I was convinced that if one were to be consistent in condemning the Potter books, that individual should also condemn the Wizard of Oz, I dream of Genie, Bewitched, The Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings, all of which contain witches, wizards and/or magic. Anti-Potter Evangelicals came out of that looking like goofs. I am sure most of those that condemned these books had never picked up a copy, much less read it.

I am happy to say that I know many conservative Christians, like me, who have greatly enjoyed J.K. Rowling's books in this series. I thing Rowling's is a great writer and the books are lots of fun. The first books are clearly children's books, but the books mature with the characters in the books as they grow into adults.

I don't read much fiction. Works of history, theology science, etc... are more to my tastes, but I did throughly enjoy these seven books. Evangelicals need to stop being lemmings and use their brains and check things out before condemning books like Potter.

Coram Deo,


Ronsaren said...

i am an evangelical christian who have read the entire series of harry potter and i love it. i agree that harry potter is an enjoyable book because of the mature growth of each characters, but i disagree with allowing some kids to read them. why?

if the child in question is not grounded in his/her faith, she/he will surely be swayed or uprooted from the truth. the writings in the story, especially particular vocabularies used, is very deceptive.
because you are a conservative christian like me, i'm sure u agree with me that only one out of four kids in the generation y are fully equipped with the word of God and truly living a Christ-centered life. Even among adults like you and i, are found struggling and uprooted because of our lack of knowledge in the Word of God.

yet, i believe that if parents allowed their children to read it, they should have discussions together after each book about what their children's reaction to the messages conveyed and compare it to the messages of God. It will create lasting bonds and solidfy their faith.

although harry potter depicts the battle between good and evil like lord of the rings and nanria, it is unfair to place them in the same category. the latter two books depicts the salvation and redemption of humanity from evil, unlike harry potter.

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