Thursday, 19 July 2007

Use Harry Potter to preach Christianity, says Church of England

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Is there anything they wont try? Senior Church of England figures have this week suggested that the Harry Potter stories can be used to preach the message of Christianity. They've obviously changed their minds since they refused the use of Canterbury Cathedral as a filming location for the first movie due to fears that JK Rowling's story glamourised the occult and attracted children to witchcraft. Or maybe they've just realised that millions more children are reading Harry Potter than are reading the Bible, and that they'd better get in on the act. The Church of England's official publishers have produced a guide book, Mixing it Up With Harry Potter, which explains in 12 easy sessions how to evangelise using the novels.

According to the Archbishop of Canterbury Harry Potter is perfect because it is "great fun" and a serious examination of good and evil. Maybe, but so are hundreds of other fantasy tales and Hollywood blockbusters. Who knows, before long churches may be holding prayer sessions inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean and Bible classes based on The Terminator movies. Hasta la vista, Judas...

2 comments:

HughCaldwell said...

I wonder if this book is going to find its way into schools with enthusiastic Christians taking advantage of the opportunities offered by compulsory religious education and assemblies.

Paul Sims said...

It'd be interesting to see how some Christians would react. Hear about the Pentecostal teaching assistant from London who was asked to resign after she refused to let a child read from Harry Potter in a class reading exercise? She said the promotion of witchcraft was against her religion. Oh, and also told the class that JK Rowling was a witch and if the student read from the book she would be cursed...