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God, the Devil, and Harry Potter: A Christian Minister's Defense of the Beloved Novels

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  8 reviews
“The Potter stories, far from being ‘wicked’ or ‘Satanic,’ ... are in fact narratives of robust faith and morality ...

“What Ms. Rowling has furnished us, besides what the Brits call ‘a good read,’ and a whopping good one, ... is a modern interpretation of the gospel, the wonderful news that ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself’ and making sure that the good
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2002)
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Jun 28, 2011 Meherin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Potter fans
This book (which I picked up for 50 cents at a grocery store nine years ago), is written by a Christian minister who has doctoral degrees in both theology and literature. He defends the Harry Potter series (SS through GoF) from the allegations that certain Christian extremists have made about Harry Potter being evil and un-Christian. He does a good job, pointing out the themes of love, hope, friendship, family, choice, etc that JKR makes throughout her books. He also talks about the possibility ...more
Killinger is a Baptist Minister, professor and fiction writer. What comes through most clearly in this text is his love for the Harry Potter novels. It is good to see a church leader passionately defend Rowling’s work. Being a pastor myself I have been discouraged when a parishioner said to me, “You should not talk about Harry Potter so much because you know the Bible condemns those things.” This book was written to be a response to such criticism of the Rowling’ books.
So Killinger does a good
J. Alfred
Written shortly after the fourth book came out, this defense of the Harry Potter books somehow fails to deal with what I feel is the central problem of the paradox of the Chrisitan wizard (that is, that the bible explicitly condemns those that practice witchcraft to death--Ex 22:8 and indeed hell--Gal. 5:20-1). It also employs an irritating tone, poor arguments (many of which could apply equally as well to, for instance, Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy), and, in my opinion, downright bad th ...more
I found this book at the dollor store, so it was good for what i paid for it. It was interesting but it did not keep my attention. I had to put it down and read something else for a while. The writer is just making lose comparisons between Christ and Harry Potter. Some of them are interesting, like Harry was in a coma for 3 days after an injury and of course Christ was reserected after 3 days. Anyway, worth the buck!!!
Gotta read this one for my Research & Humanities case I ever work in an environment where there's a challenge on Harry freakin' Potter. Basically, the book points out that Harry Potter is so heavily based in Christian mythology & lore that folks who challenge it on that basis are pretty much outargued point by point.

Jane Rutherford
Part of my Harry Potter obsession! Draws parallels between HP and Christ's life. A lovely book that is respectful of Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity, while letting us enjoy HP.
Adam Ross
This is a defense of the Potter novels from a mainline liberal, and thus has its problems. It also wasn't terrible, but should be read with a couple of grains of salt.
Sep 19, 2007 Andrea rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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loved the analogies in this book...some of them I caught, but others I hadn't noticed until reading this book.
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The Rev. Dr. John Killinger lives with his wife, Anne, in Warrenton, Virginia. A former pastor in Baptist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches, he also taught for fifteen years at Vanderbilt Divinity School and was Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Samford University in Birmingham. He is the author of over 50 books, among them God, The Devil, and Harry Potter. Because Dr. Kil ...more
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