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Bringing Harry Potter to Church (barf)
Christianity Astray (oops I mean Today) Blog ^ | July 23, 2007 | Caryn Rivadeneira

Posted on 08/01/2007 1:17:00 PM PDT by Terriergal

I think what’s so enthralling is that what we see happen with Harry is what we’d love for our own lives (though I could do without the Inferi or the Dementors). We all want to be told we’re somehow special, somehow destined for greatness. We all want someone to say, “You, you alone can do this.” Right?

And I hope at some time, we all find that. Frankly, Christians shouldn’t go through life any other way. Without sounding trite, God made us each special, each destined for greatness.

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.christianitytoday.com ...


TOPICS: Apologetics; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: apostasy; harrypotter; witchcraft
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To: jude24; Terriergal
Must be why he is the most acclaimed 20th-century Christian author amongst pretty much every Christian denomination. His Mere Christianity has influenced several generations of Christians already.

And yet a closer look at his theology and his works raises questions as to whether he really understood the Scriptures and real Christianity.

51 posted on 08/03/2007 4:57:58 AM PDT by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: Uncle Chip; jude24; Terriergal
And yet a closer look at his theology and his works raises questions as to whether he really understood the Scriptures and real Christianity.

I suspect a lot of people might say that about..... Uncle Chip.

52 posted on 08/03/2007 5:18:37 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe
I suspect a lot of people might say that about..... Uncle Chip.

.... and P-Marlowe -------- neither of whose words are worshipped like those of C S Lewis whose Inkling associatists were Theosophists.

53 posted on 08/03/2007 5:41:46 AM PDT by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: Uncle Chip
and P-Marlowe -------- neither of whose words are worshipped like those of C S Lewis whose Inkling associatists were Theosophists.

Don't be so dramatic. Nobody worships C.S. Lewis; words. People quote him and often when he is quoted he sounds pretty orthodox. He never claimed to be any kind of theological expert. He was an expert in English Literature. His understanding of theology was superficial while at the same time often profound. Yet it is that kind of childlike superficial understanding of the Christian life that makes C.S. Lewis' work so appealing.

54 posted on 08/03/2007 5:52:53 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe
His understanding of theology was superficial while at the same time often profound.

I wonder shat kind of profound understanding of theology led him to write That Hideous Strength in which the magician Merlin is resurrected to save the world at a time of crisis????

55 posted on 08/03/2007 6:06:56 AM PDT by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: Uncle Chip
I wonder shat kind of profound understanding of theology led him to write That Hideous Strength in which the magician Merlin is resurrected to save the world at a time of crisis????

I loved that book.

Did you read it, or are you just criticizing the Cliff Note version?

56 posted on 08/03/2007 6:27:46 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe

I read it —— quite awhile ago —— but never thought to ask at the time: Why Merlin the magician to save the world.


57 posted on 08/03/2007 6:34:48 AM PDT by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: Uncle Chip
Why Merlin the magician to save the world.

Merlin was a wizard, not a magician.

As was Gandalf in LOTR.

Also, IIRC Merlin was awakened from a sleep rather than being resurrected. And IIRC, Gandalf was resurrected.

58 posted on 08/03/2007 6:46:53 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe
I loved that book.

I tried several times to get into that book, and never could.

59 posted on 08/03/2007 6:52:23 AM PDT by jude24 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Terriergal

I don’t know anything about Potter or Narnia - never read them. But I have read the Bible and I know Jesus specifically said that those who believe in him are destined for greatness.


60 posted on 08/03/2007 7:30:38 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: jude24; Uncle Chip
I tried several times to get into that book, and never could.

Out of the Silent Planet was a good read, but certainly not Heinlein or Azimov.

The Perelandra was boring, boring, boring. Thankfully it was a short book.

That Hideous Strength was superb. A true classic. But you really needed to read Out of the Silent Planet to understand That Hideous Strength.

61 posted on 08/03/2007 7:36:37 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: P-Marlowe
Merlin was a wizard, not a magician.

And the difference is what??? My dictionary lists the words as synonyms of each other.

Also, IIRC Merlin was awakened from a sleep rather than being resurrected.

So he must have been Merlin Van Winkle???

62 posted on 08/03/2007 7:42:32 AM PDT by Uncle Chip (TRUTH : Ignore it. Deride it. Allegorize it. Interpret it. But you can't ESCAPE it.)
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To: P-Marlowe
See, I liked Out of the Silent Planet and thought Perelandra was okay. (I've also never read Heinlein nor Azimov.) But I never could get more than a chapter or 2 into That Hideous Strength.

To each their own.

63 posted on 08/03/2007 7:45:36 AM PDT by jude24 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Terriergal
It's a shame that Scripture wasn't enough for you to do this.

Yes it is, and I think God understands some of us aren't perfect in this way, which is why He provides other works of literature and art to inspire us.

64 posted on 08/03/2007 9:03:57 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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To: The Blitherer
Let me clarify:

Yes it is, and I think God understands some of us aren't perfect in this way, which is why He provides other works of literature and art to inspire us to return to scripture.

65 posted on 08/03/2007 9:21:42 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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