1. notleia says:

    This would be so much simpler if Christian culture was actually good at determining what is actually harmful. There are so many people who make thoughtcrimes out of reading stuff that contains ideas from outside the Christian bubble, when knowing about a thing does in no way equal belief in that thing. Ignorance is not purity, dudes, and purity is not even a virtue. Kindness is a virtue, generosity is a virtue. Purity is not a virtue.

    • ionaofavalon says:

      Exactly! Thank you! Sheesh. I can’t deal with that anymore. It seriously makes me want to bust heads. Legalism kills the imagination and forces young people to live in fear. Yes, I’ve been there, I escaped, and I’m taking as many people with me as possible.

    • Purity is too a virtue. But personal purity is defined by someone’s inner nature, not by outward influences. For the Christian, purity comes through conscious association with Jesus, whom we believe spiritually resurrects and makes a person pure (like He is pure) from the inside out.

      • notleia says:

        Even in the case that we accept purity as a virtue, I still submit that ignorance is not purity.
        But my reasoning behind purity not being a virtue is that it doesn’t really require DOING something. You have to do stuff to be considered kind or generous, but purity almost requires the opposite, NOT doing a whole laundry list of things and generally promoting a state of passivity.

  2. LadyArin says:

    There’s a scene in the book “The King of Attolia”, where one man criticizes another man’s treatment of the wooden swords used for duels. “In my country,” the man says, “we are taught to treat the practice swords just like real swords.” The other man replies, “In my country, we are taught to know what we have in our hands.” I’d say the same applies to fictional magic. It can be as dangerous as the kind of stuff warned about in Deuteronomy 18, but it doesn’t have to be, but you need to know the difference between the two, and which one you have in your hands.

What do you think?