Aslan, Harry Potter, Frodo and the Force
July 20, 2006 4 Comments
I’m currently reading CS Lewis’ masterpiece, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Only read the first 2 books, and I fail to see how it can get any better. The 2nd book beautifully presents the Gospel message, critics nonwithstanding. I say critics because they exists on both sides.
Some heathen claim Lewis wasn’t pointing to Jesus Christ with the character of Aslan and the story shouldn’t be seen as allegorical. On the other side, some Christians dismiss the tale as subtle attempts to indoctrinate young ones with the normalization of ‘magic.’
Which brings me to Harry Potter. I used to read Harry Potter (finished the half-blood prince) until I realized what it was, an attempt to introduce magic to kids by making it hip. I believe Christians who read Harry Potter are in error (worse yet if they read it to their kids), but in cases like this it’s better that everyone is convinced in their own minds (or is it?. I defer to 14th Chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans.
So what’s the difference between Narnia and Potter? Or even Lord of the Rings? I’ve been asking myself the latter question since those movies came out. I thoroughly enjoyed the LOTR trilogy but what is the difference between it and Harry Potter? Why stop there, let’s go to Star Wars, of which I’m a huge fan of?
So many questions…