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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Why are Christians o.k. with Narnia, but not o.k. with Harry Potter?

Narnia has supernatural creatures and magic in it, too! Also, Christians should be upset about Aslan because He's doesn't act like God does in the Bible (in the Bible, God is nasty and cruel, whereas Aslan is really good... I read the whole thing and can't remember anyplace where Aslan acts unjust or unfair like God does repeatedly in the Bible!) If the Christian God ACTUALLY behaved LIKE ASLAN, I'd worship Him...

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Oh, almost forgot... Narnia also embraces the many-worlds theorum that Giordana Bruno was executed for believing in... remember the Wood between the Worlds? That was one of my favorite things, the ideas of an infinite number of realities...not the miserly one universe allowed by Christianity!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Selective prejudice, intollerance, bigotry and hatred. They choose what they want to make the biggest stink about.

  • Kharm
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Aslan is supposed to be more like Jesus than God.

    Narnia is a Christian based story by a Christian author. Have you ever read some of the other stuff by C.S. Lewis? His writings on Christianity are very popular. I would suggest "The Screwtape Letters" myself.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Im a Christian and I dont have a problem with Harry Potter anymore than I have a problem with Halloween. The only way one could be against Harry Potter is if it was convincing children to take up magic and rebel against the Lord but i really dont see any evidence of that. Are their new Harry Potter magic cults that have formed that I dont know about? Some people are just oo overreactionary, let our kids have an imagination! Just do the important things like teach them about the Lord and dont worry about stupid stuff people dont take seriously!

  • Becca
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    A while back, when Lord of the Rings was at its peak, walking thru Borders a couple of times, I can across a couple of books that bascially dealt with "(name of movie or TV show) and Spirituality (or Religion)." I'm not sure what the exact titles were, but they basically parellel movies with religious or spiritual themes. I know they did it with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, and even the Simpsons. If you are interested in finding out about religious or spiritual themes in Harry Potter and/or Narnia I am sure you would be able to find a book or two in the Religion / Spirituality / New Age section of any bookstore.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because Narnia vilifies witchcraft and constantly espouses Christian values; Harry Potter romanticizes witchcraft and only sometimes espouses Christian values. It's not the magic that most Christians mind, it's the themes and the specific kind of magic. Basically: God-magic is good, witch-magic is bad.

    Indeed, most people aren't aware of the fact that C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia series, was actually a prominent Christian apologist. He wrote his Narnia series to promote Christian values and themes; Aslan, for example, symbolizes Christ. Harry Potter, in contrast, doesn't have such an emphasis on moralizing (at least, not regularly), which, combined with its darker themes and its extensive endorsement of witchcraft, is something many Christians seriously object to.

    Another example of an interesting fantasy book that Christians object to, and one that they have much more reason to be up in arms against than the Harry Potter books, is Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" saga, which is not merely religiously neutral like the Harry Potter books, but actually anti-Christian. It was specifically written as an attack on the ideas of the Narnia books (Pullman haaated Lewis), and even includes things like the death of God. (Incidentally, it's also much better-written than the Narnia books, though it has its flaws too.)

    But anyway, to sum up, most Christians have no problem with "magic" in fiction, as long as it distinguishes itself from witchcraft and endorses Christian morality.

    As for the "many-worlds" aspect of the Narnia mythos, I don't think that's ever factored significantly into its reception by Christians. It's a topic that's dealt with mainly in the less commonly-read books in the series (e.g., "The Magician's Nephew"), and is too esoteric for your typical Christian to really care about, one way or the other. Besides, in the context of the series' themes, the travel between different worlds aligns with Christian notions like Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm Catholic and I'm okay with both. They both deal with magic and fables from centuries ago. Movies/books like these are only dangerous if the viewer start to believe that these things can really happen and they start to deal in magic themselves.\

    Plus Narnia's author, C.S. Lewis was a Christian and consciouly put in references to the faith. Harry Potter's author isn't a Christian. I think that's what the church is referring to.

  • 1 decade ago

    all of these type of christains reject new magic novels for a while before giving up & actually joining them. tis calle dthe fear of the unknown. they were like this when lord of the rings first started to come out. they were like it for narnia (still are sometimes) & now harry potter is their new victim so the older stories are accepted. harry potter will make it to church soon enough....just wait.

    also i dunno where you get your stufff from but there's no such thng as a cruel god. from where i come from he's just like aslan.

    & that multi-universe thing as a proven fact. some scientists of space found another planet earth & also figure that the universe so far has 11 dimensions.

    either way its nothing new cuz star trek does that multi-universe story all the time...lol

  • cmw
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    There is no problem with fictional magic and it's a very narrow band of Christians that cares about it.

    C.S. Lewis, who wrote the Narnia Chronicles is a former atheist, who became a Christian and went on to write a lot of non-fiction books about Christianity. You'd do well to read him and drop the sarcasm, which makes you look bitter.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I'm a Christian, and I think that the whole "Harry potter is from satan" thing is a bunch of bs. Seriously, I can use Harry Potter when talking with a non-christian better than Narnia.

  • 1 decade ago

    Harry Potter delightfully accepts the idea of witchcraft unlike Narnia. In the bible it says that people who practice sorcery and physics should be taken out back and stoned. Not in those word exactly, but you should get the picture.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have to agree with Rob Diamond and his excellent answer. _Bridge to Terabithia_ has been criticized by some Christian groups, even though it was a Newbery Award-winning book by a Christian author.

    All praise is due to Aslan, and his only begotten son, King Moonracer.

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