Friday, November 19, 2010
I contemplated titling this post "A Bucketful of Liberal, Emergent, Postmodern Drool" but "Garbage" seems to work well. Browsing through a stack of reader links this afternoon, I came across a commentary posting on Christianity Today that takes theological stupidity to new heights. Harry Potter has never been a craze in my household nor that of my grandchildren so we have escaped most of it. I did watch two of the movies a few years ago so that I might have some idea what some of my fellow evangelicals were bothered by. I found it to be rather boring and second rate mythology and to be fair, non-threatening. It is secular entertainment, of little interest as noted earlier and it too will pass. However, Linda Peacore, an adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary seems to have waxed gold in trying to craft some sort of edifying and Godly purpose to the whole series of Harry and his miscreant warlocks and witches (good witches mind you trying to manage and defeat the really bad ones). An excerpt of her commentary includes ...
This is stated by somebody who teaches in a Christian seminary! The poor students might as well have one of my neighbors teach them, a neighbor who thinks the closest thing to God is a freshly opened keg, a pizza and a football game on a big screen TV. That's not all. Ms Peacore takes it further leaving no doubt as to how deep the theological pit must be at Fuller this afternoon.
That is what Paul preached at Mars Hill? In a pigs eye. I recommend the esteemed adjunct assistant professor pull the plastic wrapper off her bible and actually study the passage she is attempting to read into Harry Potter novels. This brings to mind a suggestion by a Word-Faith acquaintance some time ago who recommended that we should take in the whole of one's ministry, eat the meat and spit out the bones. The poor fellow failed to realize that it is the partaking of the bones in the first place that does the killing. Paul did not incorporate the paganism of the Athenians into his Gospel message. He preached Christ to a group of souls who knew something was out there but didn't know what it was. Most of them rejected Christ and continued on their quest for the "unknown God" having no idea He had just been presented to them. Liberalism embraces the world and incorporates it into their religious fusion. In that sense, it differs little from the paganism of old. Ms. Peacore sees Mars Hill in Harry Potter because she sees Harry Potter in Christ. Oh, not in a salvific manner of course but in worthiness. Of course, none of her amusements are scriptural but if Mars Hill can be brought into such nonsense, then we can easily dismiss God's command to the people of Israel to tear down the idols in the high places. "Don't come out and be separate from the world. Look to the world as your source of inspiration".
I have a better idea for the poor souls at Fuller ... change classes.
Ms. Peacore's full posting can be found here.