1. If the “Harry Potter debate” is returning, then I’m glad I don’t listen to much Christian radio. Recently I’ve been listening to all the HP audiobooks … I’m midway through Order of the Phoenix at the moment.

    Great post! Looking forward to the next,


    • Gray, one radio host whom I greatly respect, and who is very anti-legalistic when it comes to every other issue like this, nonetheless falters on the Potter issue. Only recently, it seems, did he learn that the series does contain some Christian-inspired elements (which isn’t a plus or a minus, anyway; lots of things “salvage” Christianity because it’s the best good-versus-evil “story”). But to him that actually made the problem worse, because of the blend of Biblical themes and pagan stuff.

      … E.g., a blend like the Babylonian ripoff creation myths that Daniel learned.

      Next month should bring another article or two about the ongoing objections to secular fantasy stories like Harry Potter, and how Scripture itself implicitly refutes these with commands and examples of how believers with certain callings, including Daniel, engaged with the world.

  2. Morgan Busse says:

    Definitely food for thought…

  3. Galadriel says:

    I didn’t really like HP, so I don’t care one way or the other.

    • Kaci says:

      I haven’t actually read the books. Seen all but the first movie and the Part 2 (which I’ll see eventually).  I’m debating.

      Either way, I’m just sick of American Christians missing the point. But hey, that’s me, and it’s an entirely different post. But, really, if we had real problems over here we’d find better things to do than boycott Disney and freak out over vampires and wizard academies.
      Okay, rant over. Sorry for subjecting you to that.

  4. In response, I suggest the foundational disagreements behind the Potter debate affect other areas of life, also, and even how Christians see the nature of their struggle against sin.

  5. Galadriel, I don’t think the issue is Harry Potter per se, but books that do the kind of thing the Potter books did — chiefly, utilized “occult” elements in its exploration of good versus evil.

    I continue to say that pretend occult elements are not the same thing as actual occult elements, and Christians don’t show well to the world by not knowing the difference.


  6. […] Daniel, whom God gifted to stay holy and yet also be a light for Him in an abjectly pagan society, even as Daniel studied actual pagan-religion materials. All of these honored God in creativity and vocation, in both “church” and “worldly” […]

  7. […] (For more, see the Imagination: for God’s glory and others’ good series, especially part 4.) […]

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