Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Dad's B-day

My dad had his 56th birthday yesterday. My wife did a great write-up about dad on her blog yesterday, so you can check it out here. He is a really great papa.

And, wanted to point you toward a cool review of the last Harry Potter book that sees the many Christian themes in Rowling's books. You can read this review here.

I haven't read any of the Potter books, but I know that I will as the boys get older. For any of my readers who have read through them, you agree with this reviewer?


Hallam Fam News said...

Thanks for this link Keith - I was nervous to read it as I'm only about 1/5 of the way through the last book, so I didn't want "spoilers", but the article didn't give too much away. I can't say as yet if I agree wholeheartedly as I haven't finished the book, BUT I will say that I enjoy the various takes on Christian themes in the HP series. Many Christians reject HP outright on principle and feel that nothing good can come of the story due to the evil inherent in witchcraft of any kind. Others, like me, who were fans of C.S. Lewis, don't see it as that black and white. Fantasy can be used to tell incredible stories and pass along very subtle yet wonderfully powerful messages to children. I don't know if JK Rowling is a Christian, I hope now that the series is complete, she will feel free to talk openly about her inspriation for the series and Christian undertones so we will know. I have to get off the internet now so I can read :).

Hallam Fam News said...

Ok, I've never left two comments on the same blog entry before, but now that I've finished the last HP book, I definitely agree with the article that there are undeniable Christian themes in this final installment of the series. You might also enjoy reading this article from Christianity Today this week http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/julyweb-only/130-12.0.html
There's a great quote from C.S. Lewis that I think is reflected in Rowling's work. "When C.S. Lewis started out to write The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he didn't have Christianity in mind. "Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something abut Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tales as an instrument, then collect information about child psychology and decided what age group I'd write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out 'allegories' to embody them," Lewis once wrote. "This is all pure moonshine. I couldn't write in that way at all."

"Everything began with images," Lewis continued. "A faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sled, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn't anything Christian about them. That element pushed itself in of its own accord."


Courtney said...

Hey Keith, I'm not so sure about Rowling being a Christian, but there are some elements that we face as a born again believer in today's life that are definitely depicted in HP. I completely agreed with the article. Kyle and I love HP and I especially loved how Rowling ended the series--with faith, hope, and love....WAIT--isn't that somewhere in the Bible, too?! :)

Keith Ferguson said...

I guess I may have to give in and finally read the whole series - maybe we could do a sermon series about the book sometime...:)

Thanks for the feedback & the link to the CT article...