Harry Potter Plus
Besides the Harry Potter
books, it is very important to note that
Focus on the Family,
Christianity Today, Chuck Colson, [co-author
of Evangelicals and Catholics Together] and many others recommend the
writings of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis as a way for children to
Chuck Colson suggests,
"...they inspire the imagination within a Christian
framework -- and prepare the hearts of readers for the
real-life story of Christ." In those writings we find
mention of the same Merlin mentioned above, equated to Christ.
As has been stated in the previous articles, we're to have
nothing to do with fables.
Update: April 7, 2008.
A reader mentioned that Dr
Dobson does not endorse Potter. From the press release,
concerning an article in the Washington Post, in the following
Dr. Dobson: 'What I Think
About Harry Potter'
Focus on the
Family's Chairman responds to recent
misinformation in the press.
"...In a story about
Christians' views on the Harry Potter books and
films, reporter Jacqueline Salmon wrote that "Christian
parenting guru James Dobson has praised the Potter books."
This is the exact opposite of
Dr. Dobson's opinion — in fact,
he said a few years ago on his
daily radio broadcast that "We
have spoken out strongly against
all of the Harry Potter
products." His rationale
for that statement: Magical
characters — witches, wizards,
ghosts, goblins, werewolves,
poltergeists and so on — fill
the Harry Potter
stories, and given the trend
toward witchcraft and New Age
ideology in the larger culture,
it's difficult to ignore the
effects such stories (albeit
imaginary) might have on young,
impressionable minds. ..."
The question would be, why
were the reviews not clearly renouncing the Potter books in the
In Magazine, written by Focus staff? That information was
not manufactured nor misinterpreted. It is what it is.
In C.S. Lewis's Space
Trilogy, the third book is called, "That Hideous
Strength." In a nutshell, the book is about the
redemption of Thulcandra (Earth) from the clutches of the Bent
One, the Oyarsa of Thulcandra, who is supposedly Lucifer.
It’s set in a small town called Edgestow, the home of
Bracton College, just after the end of WWII. Certain Fellows
of Bracton College engineer the sale of Bragdon Wood, which
houses the living body of Merlin, his body preserved from
aging by magic, to N.I.C.E., the National Institute for Co-ordinated
Experiments. N.I.C.E. is a wicked group of scientists
researching use of technology to rule mankind, who think
Merlin's magic powers would be helpful. They obtain the
land with the purpose of disinterring and reviving Merlin and
using his powers for evil. Jane Suddock's psychic powers are
used to help locate Merlin and also provide information about
N.I.C.E. Once discovered, Merlin’s ancient wizardry, linked
with the power of the Eldil, (angels), defeat the evil N.I.C.E.
in a wicked and bloody climax.
The reader is supposed to
equate Merlin with Christ, who defeats Lucifer and evil. How
blasphemous! That Merlin, who is revered by occultists as a
druid, sorcerer, witch, wizard and every abomination
thinkable, is viewed as Christ and that witchcraft and psychic
powers parallel the saving power of Jesus Christ is wicked at
best. For those who say children should just read Lewis' Chronicles
of Narnia books, we have the same menu with witches,
elves, Bacchus, false gods, and so on, all being part of the
stories. [Please See:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by CS Lewis]
The Narnia plot revolves
around the "White Witch" who has bound the
land of Narnia in a perpetual winter which can only be broken
by the coming of Aslan, who is supposed to represent Christ.
However, no rendition of any Scripture is found in these tales
except if one compares the practices of paganism and
witchcraft which God calls an abomination to Himself.
the many blasphemous statements he has made in his writings,
probably one of the worst is found on page 276 of C.S.
Lewis: A Biography, by Roger Lancelyn Green.
Lewis stated, "I had some ado to prevent Joy and myself
from relapsing into Paganism in Attica! At Daphni it was
hard not to pray to Apollo the Healer. But somehow one
didn't feel it would have been very wrong - would have only
been addressing Christ sub specie Apollinis."
1 Corinthians 10:20 But I
say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they
sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that
ye should have fellowship with devils. 21 Ye cannot drink the
cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers
of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than
Crosswalk.com's weekly updates email, sent out December 26,
2001, the entire issue was devoted to praise and promotion of
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
devout Roman Catholic, who wrote The Lord of the Rings,
he later said, to give England her own myth. Patrick W.
Curles wrote in Tolkien's Impact in Literature and Life,
Tolkien saw myth as the
exact opposite. His great friend C. S. Lewis once objected
to Tolkien that, “...myths are lies, though lies breathed
through silver.” “No,” said Tolkien, “they are
There are truths, Tolkien said, that are beyond us,
transcendent truths, about beauty, truth, honor, etc. There
are truths that man knows exist, but they cannot be seen -
they are immaterial, but no less real, to us. It is only
through the language of myth that we can speak of these
truths. We have come from God, Tolkien said, and only
through myth, through story telling, can we aspire to the
life we were made for with God. To write and/or read myth,
Tolkien believed, was to meditate on the most important
truths of life.
...It was Tolkien’s view
of myth that that most aided C. S. Lewis in his pilgrimage
to accept Christianity. All the other myths of the world,
Tolkien said, are a mixture of truth and error - truth
because they are written by those made by and for God -
error because written by those alienated by God. But the
Bible is the one true myth. It is a true accounting of
truth, while everything else we do is mimicking. This
perspective was decisive in Lewis’ conversion to
....Tolkien and Lewis ...
were together at least three times per week: on Tuesday
mornings and Thursday evenings with the other “Inklings”
(a literary circle of friends), and at least one other day
for lunch. Tolkien wrote, “Friendship with Lewis
compensates for much, and besides giving constant pleasure
and comfort has done me much good from the contact with a
man at once honest, brave, intellectual - a scholar, a poet,
and a philosopher - and a lover, at least after a long
pilgrimage, of Our Lord.”... "
Mrs. Neal, who recently
appeared on Pat Robertson's Television show, also
"When C. S.
Lewis was asked about elements within a work of fiction, he
said, "Within a given story any object, person, or
place is neither more nor less, nor other, than what that
story effectively shows it to be." If you go with that
interpretation, you are saying, "OK, I understand that
the author has created a fantasy world, and I am going to
get my definitions from within the story."
C.S. Lewis also stated the
Word of God was full of myths--does that add credibility to
anything he might say? One can't pretend something that is
real, particularly religious belief, is just a fantasy, just
because someone said it was part of a story.
Proverbs 14:22 Do they not
err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them
that devise good.
Let's, as Lewis suggested,
get a definition or application of the use of Divination from
the Potter stories. It is found in the Divination class and
various forms of it are part of the classroom study.
Divination is consulting with familiar spirits to foretell the
Runes, the letters of
witchcraft used for divination, are introduced in The Chamber
of Secrets on p. 187, "Arithmancy, Ancient Runes,
Divination", p, 188, Hermione is reading,
"Ancient Runes Made Easy."
In the next book, the
Prisoner of Azkaban, Divination begins on p. 78. Trelawney,
makes the statement, p. 79"...descending too often into
the hustle and bustle of the main school clouds my Inner
Eye....If you do not have the Sight, there is very little I
will be able to teach you. Books can take you only so
far..." p. 80 "Many....are unable to penetrate the
veiled mysteries of the future,'...'It is a Gift granted to
few...We will be covering the basic methods of Divination this
year. The first term will be devoted to reading the tea
leaves. Next term we shall progress to palmistry....In the
summer term...we shall progress to the crystal ball--if we
have finished with fire-omens..." P. 81---'...drink until
only the dregs remain. Swill these around the cup three times
with the left hand, then turn the cup upside down on its
saucer; wait for the last of the tea to drain away, them
give your cup to your partner to read. You will interpret the
patterns using...Unfogging the Future..."
Children have just been
taught how to read tea leaves-albeit a few idiosyncrasies
which may or may not be used. But tea leaf reading is current
witchcraft. My grandmother and mother did tea leaf reading
and my grandmother may still, as she has never accepted Jesus
Christ. The Inner Eye is witchcraft and is also called the
third eye, which is recognized as being necessary to awaken or
open. From that comes clairvoyance, levitation and astral
projection and so on. Crystal balls are current
witchcraft. It's not a game. If you need proof go to Psychic
Realm which presents: Tarot, palmistry, dream
interpretation--Harry does have psychic dreams- Runes,
Astrology, Numerology and so on. http://www.psychicrealm.com/pn/index.phtml?2994700420
To continue, we are next
presented with divination revealing the superstition of a
death omen called a Grim--it supposedly is revealed through
the Divination of the leaves. Making a mockery of divination,
Rowling then validates it on p. 84, by saying "True Seers
are very rare..."
And later, Trelawney is
possessed and has a 'familiar spirit' speak through her.
That's also called demon possession and is not only dealt with
in the Scriptures, but is a current witchcraft
practice. It is promoted through television and all manner of
What makes Rowling's rendition any more
acceptable than those who invite people to partake of their
'Gift'? Children are given a first hand description of it in
action and are also taken into actual TM in order to 'See'
into the crystal ball and divine the future. p.218-219. It's
real witchcraft and presented in such a way as to open a
child's mind to think it acceptable.
Youth pastor Connie
Neal > http://www.connieneal.com/>
in the Christianity.com interview article, Harry
Potter and the Disputable Matter, view the PotterNarnia,
etc., issue as being where cultural and spiritual issues
overlap. However, witchcraft is a religion which is
diametrically and purposefully opposed to God. Just because
the vast majority of people enjoy or accept it, does not mean
Christians should. Mrs. Neal stated,
"....some people will
say, "We condemn Harry Potter because the characters on
the side of good practice witchcraft, suggesting that
witchcraft is acceptable." There’s also the complaint
that the Potter books bring in elements of astrology, the
use of crystal balls, and spell casting. But all of these
elements are also in the Narnia books! In The
Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the good characters,
a little girl named Lucy, casts a spell to make invisible
creatures visible again. Now, what is the literal
interpretation of that? That you can do spells as long as
they are the "right" spells, and you cast them
under Jesus’ authority? " [Harry
Potter and the Disputable Matter
So, the same elements being
in the Narnia books is the argument that makes Potter
... If we apply the same
kind of censorship to other pieces of literature as we do
with Harry Potter, where does it stop? If you say, "I
will not read a story that has any wands or spells,"
then you have to get rid of over two-thirds of classic
children’s literature, including Cinderella, Peter Pan,
and Beauty and the Beast." Harry
Potter and the Disputable Matter
actually supports the reading of witchcraft and fables to
children when they are filled with the same occult imagery and
practices? That's the most important question. It is not about
opinion. It is about what God says. It is not
censorship to not read Potter or other occult focused
material, myths and fables. It is being selective and
One does not choose all books in a bookstore. Why?
Is it due to censorship, choice, or in the case of Christians,
Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are
pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any
praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye
have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me,
do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
of the Baptist Press News Service, wrote in the article 'Lord
of the Rings' has ring of Christian Lord, about James
Parkers view of the Lord of the Rings movie.
In a lecture
on the life of Tolkien, James Parker, professor of worldview
and culture at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said
the movie will serve as fruitful viewing for Christians.
operates out of a thoroughgoing trinitarian worldview and
(he) says that very explicitly, plainly and bluntly on
several occasions," Parker said Dec. 5. "He has a
traditionalist Catholic worldview, which means his doctrine
of God, his doctrine of the Trinity and his Christology were
"I have differences with him because of his positions
on soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and ecclesiology
(the doctrine of the church). But in terms of his
trinitarian formulation of the doctrine of God, there would
be no differences (between Protestants and Catholics)
because of his historical orthodox expressions of those
doctrines. In fact, he says himself that 'The Lord of the
Rings' grows out of this fundamental belief system."
It was Tolkien who, as a professor of Anglo-Saxon language
at Oxford University, led a colleague to embrace Christ in
1929. The colleague was C.S. Lewis, who would go on to
become a stalwart apologist for the Christian faith. Lewis
also wrote a Christian fantasy series, "The Chronicles
of Narnia," along with apologetic works such as
"Mere Christianity," and "The Problem of
It was Tolkien's view of myth -- that it is always grounded
in the reality of the transcendent God, (even if subtly) --
that ultimately shattered the barriers to Christianity for
"Tolkien did not mean by 'myth' that it is defined as
'non-historical,'" Parker said, "but that it
exhibits certain characteristics, certain ideas, recurring
themes such as the dying and rising God, the sense of the
moral universe behind things.
"Lewis said when he read the Gospels, he felt like he
was reading a myth because it contained mythical elements.
But ultimately, he knew it was fact. This was the 'true
myth' that was absolutely true and historical."
But can the Tolkien movie bridge the gap between Christians
and non-Christians in a way that will enable believers to
proclaim the saving Gospel of God? Parker feels confident
that the movie -- with its patently theistic world, albeit a
make-believe one -- will do just that.
"The moral universe will do that," he said.
"If they are really into Tolkien, you can go back to
the 'Silmarilion' and the view of God which comes through
there. And you can contrast that with other views in say,
'Star Wars' (with its impersonal, pantheistic 'force'), or
even Harry Potter, as far as that goes.
"Also, the sense of providence that goes through it --
there is a sense of providential oversight in 'The Lord of
the Rings' that is inexorable. You have all these individual
players whose roles are not lessened by the overarching
providential drive of the story."
Catholic view is not the Biblically sound view. Difference in
salvation?? There is only one way to God, through Jesus
Second I've been to Tolkien sites--and most
--unless Christian already--deny that Tolkien ever intended a
Christian meaning. And they quote from his words as well. In
the previous articles it has been discussed in-depth why
fables and myth are not of God, nor tools for presenting Jesus
Christ. Just because someone wrote that it is okay--does not
make it okay with God. Every word used by Tolkien to describe
promoting his fables is directly against the Word of God. As
stated in Harry Potter & Every Imagination of the Heart:
discussed in our article Have
Nothing to Do With Fables or Old Wives Tales, we are told
to have nothing to do with fables, that is, "2. an
untrue story; falsehood 3. A legend, Myth."
Greek word for 'fables' is found in Strong's Concordance as
3454. muthos, "perhaps from the same as 3453 (through the
idea of tuition); a tale, i.e. fiction
Paul warned in
1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless
genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly
edifying which is in faith: so do."
We have clear
Biblical instruction to not be involved with fables, myths,
fiction and so on. It does not say we can read fables and be
edified. It does not say we can read or write fables and learn
sound doctrine from them or use them as an evangelism tool. It
says to have nothing to do with fables.
This cannot be
confused with Christ teaching in parables, which some have
tried to say is the same thing. If it was the same thing, we
would not have been given these very serious warnings and
commands to have nothing to do with fables. A Parable, which
Jesus used frequently, is a short story of everyday life used
to teach a moral by comparison or by implication. According to
Strong's Concordance, it is "an earthly story with a
heavenly meaning." Jesus taught the truth with situations
that could easily be applied in our own lives. He did not
immerse those stories in witchcraft and false gods, nor did he
purvey lies of the occult. Those who propagate the idea that a
fable is the same as Christ's parables are misinformed and
is the mouth piece of ecumenical evangelicals, presented the
following article from Amy Hollingsworth, a Home-schooling
mom. She advocates Tolkien, Lewis and Rowling as worthy
authors for Christian families.
the Hobbit Hole, by Amy Hollingsworth; Professor, Author and
Home-schooling Mother: Learn life long lessons from Tolkien--and
say yes to adventure.
of fantasy say that it creates an unreality that’s not
healthy for kids. I
say it gives them an outlet to express very real
fears and concerns. And
so it was with The Hobbit.
When I picked it up from the library shelf one day, I
thought my kids and I would enjoy it for a few weeks and
then be done with it. But
five months later, we were still reading.
Not because it’s an enormous book (my husband read
three Tom Swift books to my son and daughter in the
time it took me to read The Hobbit to them), but we
were savoring it, letting its images linger, unwilling to
depart from Tolkien’s great imaginative world any sooner
than we had to.
focal point of the novel is a diminutive creature named
Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo
is a hobbit, a creature with hairy feet, a fruity laugh and
a preference for safety and routine (adventures, after all,
“make you late for dinner”).
That all changes one day when a wizard named Gandalf
and thirteen dwarves show up at his hobbit hole.
The Tookish part of Bilbo (a less respectable branch
of the family tree, one that actually succumbed to adventure
from time to time) is slowly awakened.
Bilbo is hired as a burglar, to steal back the
treasures hoarded by the dragon Smaug.
En route, he and the dwarves run into all kinds of
wolves, elves, goblins, giant spiders, a bear-man and an
amusing little creature named Gollum (who hisses and refers
to himself as “precious”).
giving Jonathan an outlet for his fears, The Hobbit
also gave his imagination a jumpstart.
Usually a prolific writer, Jonathan had hit a dry
spell for nearly half a year.
But The Hobbit had sparked a revival, and
Jonathan was again trusting in his ability to
create—although he did borrow freely from Tolkien’s
images and style. He
sat at the computer for hours (even forgoing a few football
games with friends), composing an epic about a character
named Gnome. Unlike
Bilbo, Gnome was a rather tall fellow; like Bilbo, Gnome had
a dislike for adventure (“He preferred to work in his
office,” Jonathan wrote).
wasn’t content with the plot he was weaving, Jonathan
started on a second story, this time Gnome had an alter ego,
a boy named Steven (yes, the name of his friend who
questioned our choice to learn at home).
He originally wrote Steven as a sort of bad guy—he
grabs the mayor by his shirt collar in one scene—then
changed his character to the hero...Jonathan also realized
that to become a great writer you have to read great
noticed that when he began to write again, he borrowed not
only from Tolkien, but also from two other favorite authors:
J.K. Rowling and Clyde Robert Bulla.
I was quick to point out (with perhaps more relish
than was called for) that none of the novels adapted from
the Pokémon movies made it into his mix. ...As
I looked back over the last months, I realized what an
impact that little guy had had upon my little guy. Bilbo
had encouraged Jonathan to start writing again, to trust his
imagination. Bilbo had broken the Captain
Underpants curse, and Jonathan was choosing to read C.S.
Lewis’ The Magician’s Nephew instead. And
Bilbo gave Jonathan the courage to confront a dragon of his
own, one who twisted words to make him doubt. [crosswalk
homeschool > http://homeschool.crosswalk.com/partner/Article_Display_Page/0,,PTID74453|CHID194888|CIID1110366,00.htm]
fact that this mom advocates all the witchcraft, and occult
imagery as a positive pursuit has been addressed already. Her
statement, "Bilbo had encouraged Jonathan to start
writing again, to trust his imagination," takes us
back to the imagination and the imagination of the heart. The
heart is desperately wicked, and imagination is not to be
trusted. Children are just as able to think about and be part
of sin as adults. Children are to be 'trained up in the things
of the Lord.' This hardly qualifies.
1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in
the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of
the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
than trusting the writings of fables, witchcraft, myth
and the occult for sound doctrine and direction, I
prefer Jesus' words,
Matthew 7:18 A
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt
tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,
and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by CS Lewis
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