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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« on: October 28, 2010, 03:34:48 AM »
Received this from a concerned mother   What opinions do people have on these books?

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/010/owls.htm

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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2010, 11:02:32 AM »
I don't see much difference in this series than in the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, etc.

These are stories. Flights of fancy, yes, but you might as well bar your children from reading the Lord of the Rings or the Chronicles of Narnia. As long as they're mature enough to understand that it is FICTION, I don't see a problem.
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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2010, 11:45:33 AM »
There have been many attempts by good Christian writers to "sneak in" Christian concepts into their stories in order to reach out to a greater audience. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis readily come to mind. A few weeks ago, I noticed a news article that claimed that Rowling had also done that in her Harry Potter books.

The site that Irish Hermit pointed to says "Since this book series is full of references to "Glaux" (the name of their god), some readers may even equate these "noble" tales with Christian parables. Without faith in God's Word and knowledge of His warnings, few are prepared to discern the deceptions. Enticed by the dark, scary thrills, many will gladly accept the lies."

I have not read this particular book and do not know if the author is sneaking in Christian concepts or is making his own concepts similar to Christian ones. OTH, it is true that one could be tempted by the dark side in any of these books and movies where the good and evil battle. I suspect that we can do bad and descend into evil even without such books and movies. However, as the preface to The Exorcist warns us, it is certainly dangerous to delve into the occult (as something more than fiction) as this opens up the door to the devil and his demons.

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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2010, 11:50:09 AM »
This is the same kind of stupidity that led teachers in my schools to forbid children from reading The Hobbit and many other works of fantasy. How many Fathers of the Church were brought up learning Homer? We can protect kids without being boors.

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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2010, 12:18:32 PM »
I know nothing of the book series, but some searching around on the website reveals this article: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/narnia.htm which pretty much destroys all credibility of anything the web-runners have to say in my eyes.  Also to be found- the same tired attacks on role-playing games and Tolkien. 
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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2010, 12:37:06 PM »
The author clearly constructed "Glaux" based upon the German word for belief "die Glaube".
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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2010, 12:38:59 PM »
Looking at the website, some of it sounds like Christianity. Starsight sounds an awful-lot like clairvoyance and apokalypsis.
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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 12:44:28 PM »
Looking at the website, some of it sounds like Christianity. Starsight sounds an awful-lot like clairvoyance and apokalypsis.
Clairvoyance is Christian?
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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 01:03:12 PM »
Looking at the website, some of it sounds like Christianity. Starsight sounds an awful-lot like clairvoyance and apokalypsis.
Clairvoyance is Christian?

Well, my patron is Venerable Matthew, Clairvoyant of the Kiev Caves, so I assume so.

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Re: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 01:06:04 PM »
Looking at the website, some of it sounds like Christianity. Starsight sounds an awful-lot like clairvoyance and apokalypsis.
Clairvoyance is Christian?

It's my understanding that the Church teaches clairvoyance, when truly received by the pious Orthodox Christian, is a rare gift of the Holy Spirit.
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