1. Kaci Hill says:

    I think “media shaman” is the best term I’ve heard in awhile. *snicker*

    • And the term media shaman refers not only to the convenient financial and fame benefits of being “in between” someone and supposed evils, but to their actual and close-to-paganism methods practiced supposedly to avoid those evils.

  2. Adam says:

    We should be civil, sure. Then again, I see no reason why we shouldn’t tell things like they are. When Christians slander and engage in obvious hate toward something that is clearly on the side of Christ, they are behaving like fools and actually dishonoring Christ and harming themselves and their witness. No reason not to tell it like it is and admonish them to “stop acting like a prat.” Or, in this case, to stop acting like Percy Weasley and Vernon Dudley!

    Speaking the truth is not a sin. Slander and shaming the cause of Christ certainly are. Jesus had some very strong words for the Pharisees, as did Paul and the other Apostles. After repeatedly being gently dealt with, then Christ finally stopped being gentle. After twelve years of Potter, these Harry Haters are just being belligerent at this point.

  3. I really enjoyed this perspective. I don’t think this is one I’ve really considered before, that someone (for example) like Pat Robinson has set himself up as a mediator/shaman for us.

    On a slightly different, but related note, when the Harry Potter series first came out, I heard a lot of people saying things like, “I get an evil feeling about it.” Or “It doesn’t sit well with my soul.” Rather than using actual, biblically-based discernment or scriptural arguments, they relied on their feelings alone, and expected us to accept that as a word from the Lord. That looks more like searching for omens and portents than it does biblical research.

    Thanks for the terrific entry. 

    • Kaci Hill says:

      Just to be completely ornery:
      1. I can think of several times I’ve experienced genuine ‘checks’ of the Spirit in my life. Not too many, but a few. And, honestly, there really was a problem. I think the only book I’ve gotten weird about is the Book of Mormon, but I think that was just me being weird.
      2. While I know what everyone here means by ‘media shamanism,’ I also think it wise not to swing so far the other way we forget that, to cite Harry Dresden, “Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t a demon about to eat my face off.”  0=)

      • I think the difference between the example I gave, and the scenario of which you speak is this: My example is of a person who relies on their feelings in lieu of a biblical reason. Your example speaks of a person familiar with the bible, understanding a biblical concept (perhaps subconsciously), and feels a genuine check by the Spirit that then leads to a search of the bible that yields a scriptural foundation.


  4. Galadriel says:

    There is a place for the ‘shaman’ role–the only one I can think of–
    Parents to their children.
    And that’s a case when it can be good. And advice is good too, but we do need to be able to distinguish for ourselves.

What do you think?