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An Open Letter to Christian Muggles…

As an author that is a Christian, I have followed the discussion about Harry Potter’s relationship to Christianity with interest but have generally stayed out of it. I have long believed that there were Christian themes percolating in the books, a belief that led me to accurately predict the fates of Snape and Malfoy (apparently unredeemable characters in the books). How intentional and deliberate Rowling was when exploring these themes I won’t speculate upon because that is something that she herself is in the best position to answer. However, her explicit inclusion of two Scriptures “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” and “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (#7, pgs 326 and 328, Matt. 6:21 and 1 Cor 15:26) suggests to me that anti-Harry Potter Christians would do well to re-consider their opposition and re-think their position.

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Another Batch.

http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details.asp?ID=24100 http://www.crossing-currents.com/ http://www.fotfforums.org/fusetalk/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=54&threadid=5683  http://www.xanga.com/nwdys http://journal.biblicalrecorder.org/br/alongtheway/entry/a_lesson_from_atheists http://jesusisnowhere.com/2007/08/is-church-producing-atheists.html http://sheepcrib.blogspot.com/2007/07/apologetics-like-leaving-kids-in-car-on.html http://familyactionorganization.wordpress.com/2007/08/01/christian-apologist-says-church-is-producing-atheists/ http://melvinrivera.com/2007/08/05/estan-las-iglesias-produciendo-ateos/ [and here, translated] http://artzar.wordpress.com/2007/08/02/bisericile-produc-ateisti/ http://www.refdag.nl/artikel/1311290/ A translation of an Italian blog’s comment pages where my article turned up.  So far, the only atheist that I know of that has picked it up.  That’s the best they can do? A nice discussion on Yahoo Forums. http://anglicancontinuum.blogspot.com/2007/08/worthy-thought-from-barking-toad.html http://barkingtoad.blogspot.com/2007/08/religion-in-public-arena-and-failed.html I’m […]

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And still more! Glad to have kick-started a conversation

http://imitatiochristi.blogs.com/imitatio_christi/2007/07/causes-of-athei.html http://www.woundedheart.org/wounded/WH_James100.htm  http://theseriouschristian.org/2007.08.01_arch.html#1186389291927   http://kevinbussey.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/religious-trends/ http://clipmarks.com/clipmark/9E179688-4F56-4A58-994A-E828E02E51B8/  http://iedereen.gelooft-in-jezus.nl/index.php?post=1191 If anyone can translate this for me, I’d appreciate it. http://straightnotnarrow.blogspot.com/2007/08/is-church-producing-athiests.html

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Found yet another site….

http://almaloneonline.com/Seasons/?p=80 The nice thing about this one opposed to some of the blog entries I’ve seen is that he takes the time to think about the matter.  I like his points about there not being a good venue for a good apologetics educational regime.  He’s dead on, and that’s a real problem.  We’ve got everything […]

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Found another site mentioning the Christian post article

http://theexpositor.wordpress.com/2007/08/01/church-is-producing-atheists/ I really wish the Christian post had put in a link to my website. The article is generating a fair amount of interest and reaction, but without a direct way to get in touch with me, a fuller explanation on my solution to the mess will be hard to find. And here is another, […]

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Saving the Christian church from ‘near defeat’…

I recently asserted that the Christian church is ‘near defeat.’ What would ‘near defeat’ look like? God will always preserve a remnant, but a look at Europe gives a good idea. There is quite a bit of Christian heritage in Europe, but at present it is completely de-fanged. Or, we can look at China and […]

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Responses to my Assertions are Starting

I recently made the claim that it is the Christian church itself producing atheists. I thought this guy did a good job of nailing the high points: http://cuanas.blogspot.com/2007/07/is-christian-church-producing-atheists.html He also mentions the situation in Europe, which I think is a foreshadowing of what America may look like in a few decades if we’re not acting […]

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Not just any time. The right time.

When I was a religion teacher I was often asked why God didn’t perform miracles today as often as he did in the Christian Scriptures. The question is a natural one. As one starts from Genesis and proceeds through Revelation, there are a litany of miraculous events happening one after the other. However, it is […]

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It’s true, that’s why. Not because it’s useful.

I’ve been plugging away on this thread here on my forum and the conversation has turned towards the question of objective morality and atheism. As happens so often, the atheists in question seem to think my point is that they would not be moral apart from God when in fact my point is that they […]

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Education and atheistic propoganda…

This is in response to this article here, which discusses teachers’ opposition to sending out promotional material for an atheistic camp that was given to them- presumably without school endorsement- to distribute to students. I will pass over the unspoken irony and more obvious and tired objection that if it had been a Christian camp […]

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Is religion dangerous? Continued thoughts…

This particular question has been coming up fairly often of late and has even been treated on my forum (www.sntjohnny.com/smf) and in an audio debate (hosted somewhere on this domain). When the question is carefully phrased we are helped greatly in answering it because there are some senses in which we could agree that yes, […]

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In Conformance to Reality: What does Virginia Tech ‘show’ us?

I’ve had quite a few things on my plate this last week so I didn’t have much of an opportunity to comment on the V-tech massacre, even if I had wanted to.  Having listened to some of the media coverage, I’m frankly glad that I wasn’t able to hear more.  The run to make political […]

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What? Something in a movie is historically distorted?

http://www.thestar.com/article/190493 The historian in this article lays out the implication that movie goers won’t know that the real history of the event is different than what is in the movie.  From the bits that I’ve seen of the movie, you’d have to be a real idiot to not know that the movie had blended history […]

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According to Plan Means trusting the Planner

Naturally, when you get through Dawkins’s attempt to create a universal moral code apart from religion, he wants to add his private view that a little more flexibility about sexuality would be nice… so he adds that into his preferred new ’10 commandments.’  C.S. Lewis speculated that it is “Thou shalt not commit adultery” that […]

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