Pastor writes Bible study for Harry Potter movies
By Bob Allen
With the Nov. 11 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the eighth and final film in the long-running series based on books by J.K. Rowling on DVD and Blu-ray, a Southern Baptist pastor has written a Bible study to help young people discern between the series’ mixed messages about good and evil.
“Depending on who you talk with in the evangelical community, you’ll receive a variety of opinions concerning Harry Potter: ‘Christians shouldn’t watch it;’ ‘Christians can enjoy God through it;’ and even, ‘It’s of the devil!’” author Jared Moore writes in The Harry Potter Bible Study.
Moore, pastor of New Salem Baptist Church in Hustonville, Ky., and a Baptist blogger who contributes to SBC Voices, admits the stories contain “some evil elements,” yet he believes they are “still an avenue through which Christians can enjoy God.”
Moore, a graduate of Liberty University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, contends that instead of trying to shield their children from all worldly influences, parents should teach them to discern between truth and lies. “One way to help our children cultivate discernment in this wicked world is to engage in the media wars with them as a guide,” he writes.
In the study, Moore confronts some parts of the Harry Potter series that some evangelicals find objectionable — the element of witchcraft and wizardry, occasional inappropriate language and the central role of revenge…
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