Christian Artistry & Harry Potter

“…there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…” (Daniel 2:28)

Just read a couple of recent articles in Christianity Today about Harry Potter. One of the articles, entitled “Spoilers” & Evangelism, really struck me. I agree with the author that our delivery of the Christian message has failed to produce anything that excites people in recent history just as the anticipation of Harry Potter books excites people today, or the waiting to watch DVDs of Heroes or 24 or Lost. The author concludes, saying, “Harry Potter reminds us that it’s not just what we say, but how we say it.” And I totally agree with this. Turning around this failure to bring mystery and imagination to people listening to the gospel must in large part involve Christian artististic responsibility. Today, Christian art has been too “safe.” Too often we deliver the message directly and unambiguously, which has its place occasionally, but by doing so we fail to grip people’s hearts and imagination. Christian artists need to learn from Harry Potter.

Related:
Christianity Today: “Spoilers” & Evangelism
Christianity Today: Harry Potter 7 Is Matthew 6
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2 thoughts on “Christian Artistry & Harry Potter

  1. Mindy, my former colleague, would say this about fiction in the latest magazine Modern Reformation, “Good fiction is a fiction that artfully reflects truth, whether that truth is the devastation of human depravity and our utter need for God or the sweetness of grace and the hope of redemption. Since it is not the revealed Word of God, it can no more proclaim the whole of the gospel message than can the complexities of the human eye or the beauty of a landscape. But insofar as fiction accurately — and with skill — portrays aspects of the human condition, it is a worthy pursuit.” Artistic expressions are something Chinese Christians need to explore in our time. Our Fathers in the Chinese Church are too dualistic, and out-of-this-worldly to see the importance in interfacing faith and culture.

    I would consider Tim Lahaye and Thomas Kinkade’s style to be gaudy and too out-of-this-worldly, but would prefer U2, and Lewis (except some his indiscretions on some Catholic doctrines).

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