James Dobson rejects all of Harry Potter

The Christian Post has news that Dr. James Dobson, of Focus on the Family has officially renounced Harry Potter and all the associated “Harry Potter products.”

“‘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,’’ the statement read. ‘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.’’

The reason the ministry leader is against the material is obvious given the presence of magical characters (witches, wizards, ghosts, goblins, werewolves, poltergeists and so on) in the Harry Potter stories.

‘[A]nd given the trend toward witchcraft and New Age ideology in the larger culture,’ FOTF added, ‘it’s difficult to ignore the effects such stories (albeit imaginary) might have on young, impressionable minds.’”

Your humble news editor-of-the-day, having spent all night Friday in line with his family for the last book of the series, wonders if Dr. Dobson has actually read them…

Without giving too much away, the final book makes it clear to most that JK Rowling is writing within the model set by the Oxford “Inklings” of the last century. The works as a whole seem very much in the tradition of Pilgrim’s Progress. The final work has images of christian morality, teaching and theology that rival the works of C.S. Lewis in the Narnia books in terms of their explicitness.

It seems to us here at the Cafe, that Rowling is writing in a style that follows much of the traditions of great Anglican writing by both clergy and lay people with particular examples being Gulliver’s Travels by The Very Rev. Jonathan Swift, Alice in Wonderland by “Lewis Carroll” aka The Rev Deacon Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Prof. C.S. Lewis and Prof. Charles Williams of the Inklings themselves. It is in keeping with the instructions of St. Gregory the Great to St. Augustine of Canterbury (the first archbishop) who was instructed to make use of the common culture he found in England to teach the Christian faith to the nation he was sent to evangelize.

Read the rest here: Dobson Officially Renounces ‘Harry Potter’ | Christianpost.com

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4 Comments
  1. David Charles Walker

    Gulliver’s Travels by The Very Rev. Jonathan Smith

    I’m sure your meant Jonathan Swift.

  2. Nicholas Knisely

    Why, yes I did. (And I was sooo proud of myself for spelling his first name right too.)

    Thanks. I’ve fixed the copy to reflect your change.

  3. This is truly the ugly face of fundamentalism:

    Denigrate imagination, literalize “truth,” and destroy myth so that “our truth” becomes the only “truth.”

    I cannot imagine anything crueler or more insulting to children, more dangerous to the human family, and detrimental to the Gospel.

    It’s all about power.

    The irony is that J. K. Rowling’s writing is very clear on that score, and very much in harmony with Christ’s teachings.

    But to paraphrase Jesus, let those who have ears listen!

  4. Ormonde Plater

    “witches, wizards, ghosts, goblins, werewolves, poltergeists and so on”

    There go Beowulf (a Christ myth) and many of the plays of Shakespeare (Hamlet, Macbeth, etc.).

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