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We got home last evening…

[Approaching Potton, here in England. Photo by me, June 22, 2019.]

from church, and I made the mistake of scrolling Twitter which I rarely do any longer saw this on Twitter:

And I thought this might be an appropriate post for a Sunday.

As you know, I have never read Harry Potter because I’m just not interested in the story. My first question on having seen that tweet above, though, before we even get to Potter… while remembering Potter has been subjected to that sort of a “critique” almost from the day of its publication: Does Our Lord happen to perceive any difference whatsoever between, uh, “hard-core” and, err, “soft”? I would have thought that, well, p*rn is p*rn? And what about p*rn engaged in privately between a heterosexual couple after having been joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony within the even the Catholic church? Hmm…

[Sigh.] Some appear so determined always to find reasons in the Bible to burn “modern” stuff. Yet given what is all over Twitter, why are those such as that gentleman even using that social media site in the first place? Is it not full of lascivious images and other non-Christian vices seeking to corrupt and even to convert him?

[Photo by me, 2018.]

Now, on that burning. The New Testament’s Acts of the Apostles 19: 18-19 according at least to my papist Roman Catholic version if that’s a Christian enough version to cite here reads this:

[Acts 19: 18-19, in the Roman Catholic Jerusalem Bible. Photo by me, 2019.]

I do not purport to be a biblical expert by any means, but I think I can read. Those passages are NOT about tossing literature into the flames, but describe rather Christians demonstrating they are renouncing adherence to “unChristian” beliefs and practices. Meaning they burned what were apparently instruction manuals on spells and similar whatnot and then they totaled up the cash value of what they had burned.

I don’t know any Harry Potter fan who believes that author J.K. Rowling considers her fiction and entertainment-meant writings of magic wands, flying broomsticks, and quidditch competitions, as aiming at teaching and converting them as readers to her sect of “witches.” Or maybe I’m wrong? Are you Potter fans holding one of her books in your left hand, reading how “Harry” does it, and with your right holding a broomstick between your legs while jumping out of windows? I sure as heck hope not.

Incidentally, while we are here, click here for a list (published by the Daily Beast in 2016) of behaviors that are noted in the Bible as capital offenses. One example:

1. Disobeying one’s parents. According to Deuteronomy, if a man disobeys his parents they should take him to the elders of the city, denounce him as a glutton and a drunkard, and then everyone should stone him to death.

Got that? Remember that the next time your parents tell you to clean your room… and you don’t.

Also, when it comes to pre-Christian tales and the pre-Christian “supernatural,” how about pre-Christian Greek myths? For instance, there is some really “risqué” stuff going on in one myth between a married Aphrodite and (not married to her) Ares. Wikipedia:

Though married to Hephaestus, Aphrodite had an affair with Ares, the god of war. Eventually, Hephaestus discovered Aphrodite’s affair through Helios, the all-seeing Sun, and planned a trap during one of their trysts…

Go on. Admit it. If you are unfamiliar with it, you are going to search for the rest of that myth now. 😉

Is it okay for us as Christians to read that Greek myth that comes to us from long before Christ? Or, while we are burning Harry Potter, should we also burn all such pre-Christian lore too? Much as the Afghan Taliban blew up the pre-Islamic Bamiyan Buddhas in early 2001?

After all, uh, what “good Christian” in 2019 would not want to mimic the Taliban, right?

Have a good Sunday, wherever you are. 🙂

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  1. Dear Robert, you underestimate the influence of this dark book & what it teaches, especially on children. I’m not its fan either. Neither a religious fanatic am I. However, the Harry Potter consists of a set of various disgustings things, affecting the mind in a very negative way. And too often this influence is not obvious. I agree with the tweet. These sort of books must be burned even before publishing.

    Have a nice week-end!

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    • On this issue, I fear we must agree to disagree. The notion of burning books – particularly in agitating possibly for a power such as the state or a church in concert with a state to organize doing so – with the real goal of making a book illegal because one disagrees with a book’s content, I find absolutely repellent. I believe what I write in that post overall speaks for itself. You have a nice weekend, too!

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      • Dear Robert, there are frames in each culture & each society. There are clear concepts of what is wrong & what is right. The problem of the present Eastern world is its permissiveness & impunity for the hypocrisy named “freedom of speech”. It is an excuse to re-write history, to distort concepts, to promote vile things as norms. And this is repellent. There cannot be a double moralitè in a healthy society. 🙂 Watch at least one episode of “Harry Potter” & make your own conclusions.

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        • I think I explained myself in the post clearly, my friend. I am an author of fiction. I will NEVER agree with, nor support, any argument in favor of attempting to incite state/church into making illegal/burning stories/books.

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  2. Loved your post. I can’t believe we talk about burning books. Thought we outgrew that. HP is the least of our cultural woes. Christians shouldn’t be known by what they abhor, but by who they adore.

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  3. And don’t worry about your books. They keep too much good for all! By the way, haven’t your thought to translate them & publish in other languages? Your heritage is very substantial.

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