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NO, NO, NO, NO! Can't you just get a grip?
• Posted by: Bindner   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at 3:29 p.m.
• IP Address: mnpl-01-175.dialup.iowatelecom.net
• In Response to: Praise the LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, not t... (Steve)

Oh wow! Let me just start off by saying that I'm a Christian, and if you've ever read any of my other posts, you'd know that I'm one of those who DEFEND the ones who are criticized for posting their Christian views. I've received plenty of nasty responses for defending them too. But HERE I have to draw the line and turn and say to my fellow Christians, "Listen guys, that's far enough." I loved the Lord of the Rings for its allegorical parallels to not just good vs. evil, but to temptation, and even the use of magic. Throughout the trilogy, whenever it was used by someone who was never meant to use it, suffering often followed. Tolkien (who was a Christian) had originally wanted to find another word to use instead of "magic." The wizards in the stories are not actually human, but the equivalent of angels. The elves who use magic do so because of their natural endowment of it, like having a talent for art. Anyone else who uses it usually end up in a hole.

This is not Harry Potter. This is a long lived, well loved classic, and I'm not going to condone - though I could probably understand - bitter resistance to these tales. They are only fantasies, after all. The Odessey is just a story as well, but we still read it in school without compunction. Let up a little, brothers! God bless!




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