Gebre, why did you read Chronicles of Narnia? It has magic in it - therefore you did something equal to using a Ouija board.
I'm going to say this very clearly one more time. Repeating my clear views is something that I constantly have to do on this forum, since some people always misconstrue what I actually said.
First, I never said that any literature that contains magic in it is evil. What I said is that Harry Potter glorifies sorcery, and the Church is very clear in its condemnation of sorcery. Now, if others happen to believe that harry Potter does not glorify sorcery, then they're welcome to their opinion. Good Christian people can disagree on this matter.
But how are you qualified to have an opinion about a book you've never read? I've never read Harry Potter myself, but I at least consider myself unqualified to have an opinion about whether Harry Potter glorifies sorcery or not.
And as for Narnia, I would argue that the books in no way glorify sorcery. There is a huge difference between fantasy, magical imagery, and the glorification of witchcraft.
And how do you know
that Harry Potter glorifies witchcraft?
But if there are Christians out there who choose not to let their children read the Narnia books, then I'm not going to crusade against them as raving fundamentalists.
I won't either, as long as they've actually read the books and know why they won't let their kids read them.
Second, I never said that reading Harry Potter or playing with Pokemon cards is equivalent to playing with Ouija boards.
The fact that you mentioned Harry Potter in the same sentence with Ouija boards, fortune tellers, heroin, and Lady Chatterley's Lover
without any previous context, without any knowledge yet as to why I asked whether you had actually read Harry Potter, and with language that calls all those "vices" s**t, indicates very clearly that you equate the reading of Harry Potter with the use of Ouija boards.
I brought up Ouija boards to highlight the logical absurdity of saying that "unless you try it you can't criticize it".
You were the first to mention that "logical absurdity". Since I had not yet explained why I asked if you had read Harry Potter, the very question that brought up your list of vices, I can only state that you assumed the reason and projected it onto my question.
There are many things that we do not need to read or experience in order to know that they are not spiritually healthy. Sometimes, there are things like Harry Potter and Pokemon that are not so easily discerned. My personal view is that it is better to err on the side of caution rather than to indulge in something that my be potentially detrimental. Do not forget that the devil is crafty, and he often comes disguised as an angel of light.
Real caution also demands that you investigate those things that cannot be so easily discerned before you judge them as demonic. Remember the Pharisees who accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of the Prince of demons?
Now, let me add this. I also think that there are many good, sincere, concientious Christian parents who can read the Harry Potter books with their children and point out that which is compatible with an Orthodox Christian worldview while also pointing out those things which may not be compatible. I think such an endeavor is commendable, and I don't condemn anyone who chooses to undertake that task. But as I said in my original comments, I choose not to let my children read Harry Potter or play with Pokemon cards. Others can respect my decision or not. I really don't care.
But when you equate Harry Potter with a pile of dung (rhetoric out of which you tried to weasel yourself later on the thread) without ever having read it
, then I see nothing to respect in your rationale for not letting your kids read Harry Potter.