God, the Devil, and Harry Potter: A Christian Minister's Defense of the Beloved Novels / Edition 1

God, the Devil, and Harry Potter: A Christian Minister's Defense of the Beloved Novels / Edition 1

by John Killinger
     
 

“The Potter stories, far from being ‘wicked’ or ‘Satanic,’ ... are in fact narratives of robust faith and morality ...

“What Ms. Rowling has furnished us, besides what the Brits call ‘a good read,’ and a whopping good one, ... is a modern interpretation of the gospel, the wonderful news that ‘God was

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“The Potter stories, far from being ‘wicked’ or ‘Satanic,’ ... are in fact narratives of robust faith and morality ...

“What Ms. Rowling has furnished us, besides what the Brits call ‘a good read,’ and a whopping good one, ... is a modern interpretation of the gospel, the wonderful news that ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself’ and making sure that the goodness of creation would never be obliterated by the forces of darkness and evil.”

Since their first publication, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels have brought joy to children and adults alike. Many conservative Christians in the United States, however, have decried the books as wicked, as preaching witchcraft and the occult, and as glamorizing dishonesty. A minister in New Mexico held a “holy bonfire” on the Sunday after Christmas 2001, at which he publicly torched the Potter books, declaring them “an abomination to God and to me.”

John Killinger, a Congregationalist minister and an academic in the field of contemporary literature, beautifully demolishes the objections of right-wing Christians to this bestselling children’s series. He compellingly argues that, far from corrupting children’s morals, the Potter stories actually influence young readers to follow the teachings of Jesus. He cites passage after passage to illustrate how the world of Harry Potter would be inconceivable apart from the strictures of Judeo-Christian theology and the way human existence should be approached by every follower of Jesus. Additionally, he reflects on the possibility that Harry Potter, like Dostoevsky’s Prince Myshkin and others, is a witting or unwitting Christ figure who actually battles the forces of darkness for the souls of the faithful.

All through this extraordinarily well-written, compelling, and very entertaining little book, the author points out that stories like this are worth more than any sermon toward producing people who truly follow the lessons of Jesus.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312308711
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/05/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1.Mysterious Births and Miraculous Childhoods15
2.The Struggle Between Good and Evil35
3.The Game of Life62
4.The Magical, Mystical World100
5.Of Ghosts and Goblins and the Life After Death126
6.And Now Abideth Faith, Hope, and Love158
About the Author187
Notes189

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