Harry Potter Bible Study

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Jerome, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Jerome

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  2. Robert Snow

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    I think I will pass.

    I am waiting for the Lord of the Rings study bible, especially the study notes written from a Hobbit's perspective. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    :laugh::laugh:
     
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    The whole Harry Potter cycle is based on the Paschal Mystery. In each book, Harry confronts evil, is assisted by grace (in the form of something often rooted in ancient symbols of Christ such as the Phoenix or the Stag), goes underground in imitation of Christ's death and burial, and then is raised to new life as he defeats the evil by making a courageous choice to cooperate with grace. In the final book, Harry literally "lays down his life for his friends."

    All right, Harry haters. Here is some red meat for you.
     
  6. Allan

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    More like decayed junk with red food coloring.
    I do believe that scripture, and thus God (and Christ) states quite plainly that witchcraft, sorcery, divination, mediumship, ect... are all sinful activities, and in the OT worthy of being stoned to death. Even Satan took scripture and tried to manipulate it to say what he desired it to say. In the same manner and on the other side of the coin, people take sinful activities and other things, put a distorted spin on them to pretend they are showing God through them. In the end it is still the same as it was in first... sin.

    Let us also not forget that the author is no friend to Christianity, nor did she write these books as allegory for scripture. ANY attempt to make these books illustrate an allegorical form relating to Christianity is deception working it's best.. magic. Smoke and mirrors, once done away with reveals the 'illusion' of the lie.
     
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    The Harry Potter books (and movies) are neither tools of Satan or symbols of Christianity. They are some fun stories and entertainment. Enjoy them for what they are.
     
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    J. K. Rowling would disagree. She is a member of the liberal Church of Scotland and professes to be a Christian. She does, however, admit to having lapses in her faith. When asked about the symbolism in her books, she admits to having put it there deliberately. Frankly, I see very little difference between Rowling's symbolism and that of C. S. Lewis and J. R. Tolkien.

    I'll put you in the column of Harry haters. :thumbs:
     
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    I am not a "Harry Hater" per se, but I definitely don't think that the books/movies should be used as an allegory. The major difference between Rowling and Lewis and Tolkien is that Rowling embraces the use of the occult and Sorcery, Divination and the like (Yes, I have seen the movies, so I know what they entail, although admittedly, I've never read the books). In the other two author's books, there is just a basic "magic", as in the case of Lewis' books, or just allusions to spells, as in the case of Tolkien's. If you notice, Gandalph the Grey/White never even casts a spell in Tolkien's books. Neither does Sauramon, the opposing wizard (although in the movies, they have a "mage fight" with their staves.)

    Harry Potter actually makes spell casting and sorcery look fun and appealing, while the other two make allusions to it, and avoid making it an object of focus.
     

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