So much has been said about the worldwide phenomenon that is Harry Potter. But when it comes to religion, some Christian fundamentalists have suggested that the books and films support witchcraft and other satanic behavior. But now an Scottish theologian has stepped up to present that everyone’s favorite boy wizard is actually a good "Christ-like" example.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Dr. Stephen Holmes, the acting head of divinity at St. Andrews University, came to this conclusion upon finishing the seventh and final installment of the book series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
"What do you need to succeed at Hogwarts? Courage, self-sacrifice, careful logic and to be unselfish. It's almost a classical list of Christian values," he says.
"The behavior that is recommended in the Potter books is profoundly Christian."
Author J.K. Rowling has stated in the past that there are no religious undertones included in her work.
"J.K. Rowling is not saying to people 'you ought to be a witch'," Holmes adds. "She is trying to imagine a world in which wizardry and witchcraft are a reality and that is an important distinction."
Right on, Dr. Holmes!
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