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Christians and Fiction

Looking for an exciting discussion among some believers? Ask a group of Christians if they’ve gotten a chance to read “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” yet. If this sets them off, then follow it up with a further question, like ‘Well, how do you see the Lord of the Rings (and/or Chronicles of Narnia) being different?’

Disclaimer: Be sure to ask such questions when you have sufficient time for tirades & diatribes.

Now I write all of this tongue-in-cheek, but the question of the Christian’s relationship to fiction is well worth considering. Whether it be JK Rowlings, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, Dan Brown, John Irving, Joel Osteen, Anne Rice or CS Lewis, have you ever considered the categories for discerning when to read fiction and what fiction believers can/should read?

Phil Johnson, in his inimitable style, tackles this question in an article entitled, ‘On Reading Harry Potter Books.’ (You’ll have to look a touch down from the top of the page for the article.) Read through it for a good challenge in critical thinking.

Author: John Pleasnick

John serves as a pastor and elder at Faith Bible Church

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