Skip to comments.Millennials Are So Terrified Of Religion They’re Developing One Around Harry Potter
Posted on 12/03/2017 11:13:35 AM PST by Simon Green
Two graduates from Harvard Divinity School (where else?) began a podcast called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Some people are taking it way too seriously,
Since time immemorial, people have found certain things profoundly fulfilling. Things like faith and family have helped us to look outside ourselves and to a higher power, making us feel whole. As young people today turn away from these things, it is no wonder that they are feeling empty and end up searching for meaning in fruitless and increasingly strange pursuits.
One of the unlikely places to which they are turning to fill that void is the world of Harry Potter. Not just Harry Potter as an enjoyable series into which one may escape or even a series with some truly meaningful messages, but as sacred text.
It began with a podcast. Two graduates from Harvard Divinity School (where else?), Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan, began a podcast called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. It debuted just last summer and quickly shot up the iTunes chart, becoming the number-two podcast in America. The podcast inspired listeners to hold Bible study-type groups like the one ter Kuile and Zoltan hold in Harvard Square, which the Washington Post describes as a weekly church-like service for the secular focused on a Potter texts meaning. They are now on a national tour, taping the podcast in different cities before hundreds of Potter acolytes.
From the Bible to Harry Potter
Mark Kennedy, who attended a Washington DC event, is a non-spiritual who was raised Catholic. He told the Washington Post the podcast had changed everything for him. I feel like Im born again, he said. Meanwhile, Zoltan and ter Kuile are skeptical of secularism, with Zoltan saying It doesnt speak to peoples hearts and souls.
So they hope Harry Potter will help others learn traditionally religious themes like duty, forgiveness, mercy, love, and grace. To me, the goal of treating the text as sacred is that we can learn to treat each other as sacred, Zoltan said, If you can learn to love these characters, to love Draco Malfoy, then you can learn to love the cousin you havent spoken to for 30 years, then the refugee down the street.
For thousands of years, these lessons were taught from the Torah, the Bible, and other religious texts, but young people are turning away from them in droves, left feeling rudderless. More than a third of millennials consider themselves non-religious, which is double the number of baby boomers and triple the number of the generation before. Even those who do identify with a religion dont necessarily practice it. Only two in ten people under 30 think that going to church is important or worthwhile.
Where, then, are they to learn morality? Where, then, are they to get this guidance? They arent, and they are feeling its lack. When someone offers them something as ridiculous as guidance from Harry Potter, is it any wonder they cling to it? Twenty-three-year-old Sally Taylor, who said she didnt have any religion, attended the Washington DC event and said the podcast always gives me guidance in a way I didnt know I needed. So, while ter Kuile and Zoltan say they dont intend actually to create Potterism as a religion, they also understand that secularism doesnt work, and those who were never taught true religion are looking for something to fill the void.
Im Very CommittedTo Myself
It isnt just religion from which society is drifting, but other things that have traditionally kept us centered and fulfilled. Millennials are also putting off marriage in unprecedented numbers, or not marrying at all. Heck, some people are even marrying themselves, an ultimate expression of looking inward instead of outward.
As for children, many are skipping that altogether (although some are finally buying homes to make their dogs more comfortable). Millennials arent big on tradition, relationship expert April Masini told Bustle. They prefer hanging out to dating, renting to buying and living together to marriage. Its not that they dont want a commitment they do. They are having meaningful relationships and there have been studies that show theyre actually having less sex at their age than prior generations so its not they want freedom to sleep around. They just dont want to get married.
I would disagree that these are not people who want a commitment, as her own examples clearly illustrate avoiding commitment. Every example of then as compared to now shows less of a commitment today as compared to previous generations, giving us a life of unknowns and uncertainty where there used to be stability. Not committing to a religion is part of that. Why commit to Jesus when you can just worship Harry Potter, hope it will fill the void, and pretend its ironic?
This makes me sad, and we should have seen it coming. As a society, we have turned our backs on the things that have fulfilled us and pursued instead the answers that make us feel good temporarily. One can hardly be amazed, then, when we seek fulfillment in the strangest of places. It is unfortunate not because these people are behaving foolishly, although they are, but because it wont work. Harry Potter isnt going to fulfill you.
They’re just in denial for now...Many are already coming around to faith in private. That’s my observation.
Twice, I tried to get through the first Harry Potter movie, and twice I failed. It just seemed lame to me.
I guess. It worked for L. Ron Hubbard. Let’s take a science fiction book and make a religion.
And the one their grandparents developed around really bad writer, L Ron Hubbard.
ElRon deliberately set out to create a religion. Lucas and Rowling did not.
I had the same thought. ;)
Some people, out of loathing of Christianity, rush to turn fantasy into a substitute for religion: Festivus, Kwanzaa, Harry Potter.
Religion can be anything, in fact religion
Just comes from ritual which is king in any
So by turning our teachings from God into a
Religion we have set the younger generation
Up for any thing that comes along, just so
It can be called religion.
I hAve no doubt Satan loves religion.
I'm not a Christian, and I am a big fan of fantasy (I'll take Tolkien and Moorcock over Rowling, mind you). But I don't for a moment try to find some deeper meaning it it beyond its value as literature.
Millennials don’t know what bathroom to use and deny the reality of xx vs xy chromosomes. Generation Z is going to drink their milkshake, steal their lunch money, screw their girlfriend, and go home...alone, to do whatever they want.
First it has to be a mediocre science fiction book!
Zapping a Stupify spell onto them.
L Ron Hubbard: You beat me to it.
If only they’d built one on Tolkien, they’d accidently stumble onto Christianity.
***Lets take a science fiction book and make a religion.***
Didn’t college students do that back when Robert A. Heinlein’s STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND was popular?
Much truth to what you say. The human part within “religion” (that is, organizational) always becomes the issue. In the first 1000 years, there was apparently no question: The “Church” was a mysterious union, of Truth, a body of Christ, beyond the people running it, which each person chooses to participate in, or not. THAT is the entity that will never pass away.
(IMHO, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy is/are not perfect as is, given people are involved, but closest to this ideal in practice — but remember - it’s a mystery.)
I do like the books though. My kids were obsessed with those books and of course I had to read them too in order to see what the fuss was about. I grew up with Tolkien and so those books were along the same lines - except written at more of a child's level.
That said, I'm not a fan of Peter Jackson's films of LOTR and Hobbit either. In fairness, it is a very difficult task converting fantasy fiction to the big screen. It's always better to go to the books.
Millennial s are lost
Fortunately the next one seems to be very conservative
Listening to talk radio
Not buying the mainstream media
Trump was very popoular versus Hillary with the 20 omethibgs
Once you get the truth. You don’t go back
And old saying is
Lots of democrats become republicans
But almost never the other way
Kind of like churchills quote about 20 and liberal and 40 and conservative
In the case of the next one (y gen?). I think that a) there’s enough media in the internet to see both sides
Also notice that NO liberal can EVER make it in radio
There’s never been one
You can’t fake three hours where you have to fill every second with interesting dialogue
the good ones. Rush Sean Michael Levin Gallagher. Don’t use guests
They have their right hand guy /gal producer screener. But no guests
I was 22 in 1991 when I first got Rush and GG Liddy on radio randomly
You can’t help but be intrigued by what is said by these Giants in the best most free oldest media. Radio
The new generation has All heard it from birth. The MSM is only TV for the most part
You can’t force anyone to turn a dial or click a website
Inevitably all liberalism is is a lie. And the party a criminal enterprise
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