Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Who Dies in Harry Potter? Not God!,9171,1642885,00.html

According the article, "Who Dies in Harry Potter? God," (link posted above) written by Lev Grossman and published in TIME Magazine, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series aligns more with modern secular and atheist ideas and books than classic Christian based ideas and books (such as C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series and J.R.R. Tolkein's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy). I disagree.

If anyone wants any evidence of the presence of Christian themes in Harry Potter they should read the book "Looking for God in Harry Potter" by John Granger. Apparently Rowling is a professed Presbyterian. Separate from that, her books are chalk full of Christian themes. Even if she did not insert them on purpose, they came out. That's something that I find just amazing. The Bible tells us that even nature declares God's glory. I'm finding more and more that the great story found in the Bible also declare's God's glory in numerous secular accounts/stories that don't even try to bring up Christian parallels. It's just like how we find that Christian morals are often universal morals.

It seems to me that Lev Grossman has a habit of making things out to be anti-Christian or against the existence of God. I believe he has a right to state what he believes, but I also must state that I disagree with what he has asserted. In his article, "Harry Potter's Last Adcenture" he says that finding out that Dumbledore has faults cancels out any image we may have of a God in the series. Actually, the fact that Dumbledore has faults parallels what the Bible tells us about human nature. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. While in earlier books Dumbledore seemed a fatherly figure, finding out that he has faults as a human wizard goes along with this teaching we find in the Bible. No one is perfect.

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