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

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

John Killinger / Jul 15, 2019

God the Devil and Harry Potter A Christian Minister s Defense of the Beloved Novels 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

  • Title: God, the Devil, and Harry Potter: A Christian Minister's Defense of the Beloved Novels
  • Author: John Killinger
  • ISBN: 9780312308711
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 good 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 than any sermon toward producing people who truly follow the lessons of Jesus.

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        The Rev Dr John Killinger lives with his wife, Anne, in Warrenton, Virginia A former pastor in Baptist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches, he also taught for fifteen years at Vanderbilt Divinity School and was Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Samford University in Birmingham He is the author of over 50 books, among them God, The Devil, and Harry Potter Because Dr Killinger s interests are broad, his writings have touched on many subjects Christian history, personal spirituality, world religions, preaching, worship, church politics, a female Christ figure, the Gospels as devotional literature, secular writers and artists, the nature of pastoral ministry, and the relationship between theology and contemporary culture His prayers and utterances often find their way into Sunday church bulletins and other ministers sermons You will find inspiration and spiritual sustenance within.


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    1. This is a book that could have been so much better, and ultimately fails to live up to the claims of its title, at least most of them. Written ostensibly as a defense of Harry Potter as a legitimate form of novel reading for Christians, the book is more a continual assault on conservative Christians, a term that the author seems to use pejoratively. Instead of being written in order to ameliorate the concerns of those who are less than enamored with Harry Potter, the book is more an appeal to th [...]


    2. This book should have been good and wasn't.Author John Killinger, himself a clergyman with degrees from Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago, sets out with a noble goal: to defend the Harry Potter series from those Christian ministers whose Medieval theology necessitates that they condemn it as a source of magic, devil worship, and, one must assume, eternal damnation. This should have been easy. After all, Harry and his friends embody love, courage, loyalty, and the eternal striving of good [...]




    3. This book (which I picked up for 50 cents at a grocery store nine years ago), is written by a Christian minister who has doctoral degrees in both theology and literature. He defends the Harry Potter series (SS through GoF) from the allegations that certain Christian extremists have made about Harry Potter being evil and un-Christian. He does a good job, pointing out the themes of love, hope, friendship, family, choice, etc that JKR makes throughout her books. He also talks about the possibility [...]


    4. Killinger is a Baptist Minister, professor and fiction writer. What comes through most clearly in this text is his love for the Harry Potter novels. It is good to see a church leader passionately defend Rowling’s work. Being a pastor myself I have been discouraged when a parishioner said to me, “You should not talk about Harry Potter so much because you know the Bible condemns those things.” This book was written to be a response to such criticism of the Rowling’ books. So Killinger does [...]


    5. For my theological debate on Harry Potter I decided to seek out arguments both for and against. This book represents the "Pro-H.P" side. First off, I really appreciated Killinger's research. Although he definitely does go a bit far at times making all sorts of spiritual connections which more than likely really don't exist, my respect for Rowling has only increased with seeing some obvious connections between her writings and classical literature (Greek, Roman, etc). Killinger's work is definite [...]


    6. Written shortly after the fourth book came out, this defense of the Harry Potter books somehow fails to deal with what I feel is the central problem of the paradox of the Chrisitan wizard (that is, that the bible explicitly condemns those that practice witchcraft to death--Ex 22:8 and indeed hell--Gal. 5:20-1). It also employs an irritating tone, poor arguments (many of which could apply equally as well to, for instance, Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy), and, in my opinion, downright bad th [...]


    7. I found this book at the dollor store, so it was good for what i paid for it. It was interesting but it did not keep my attention. I had to put it down and read something else for a while. The writer is just making lose comparisons between Christ and Harry Potter. Some of them are interesting, like Harry was in a coma for 3 days after an injury and of course Christ was reserected after 3 days. Anyway, worth the buck!!!


    8. Gotta read this one for my Research & Humanities class case I ever work in an environment where there's a challenge on Harry freakin' Potter. Basically, the book points out that Harry Potter is so heavily based in Christian mythology & lore that folks who challenge it on that basis are pretty much outargued point by point.


    9. Killinger is an enormous Harry Potter fan and dislikes the popular argument amongst some Christians the Harry Potter is evil. He takes great pains to try to prove that Harry Potter books teach morals, values, and contain Christian imagery. He does a good job overall, though some of his points seem a little stretched. Overall it was interesting.


    10. This book is quite dull, I found it hard to finish. There seemed to be a lot of correlation in his arguments. I thought there were some giant leaps to tie Harry Potter to Jesus. The premise of the book is interesting however I just couldn't agree and sometimes understand his arguments.


    11. This is a defense of the Potter novels from a mainline liberal, and thus has its problems. It also wasn't terrible, but should be read with a couple of grains of salt.




    12. Part of my Harry Potter obsession! Draws parallels between HP and Christ's life. A lovely book that is respectful of Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity, while letting us enjoy HP.


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