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  • The Scriptorium

    8/20/2005

    Teaching witchcraft at Vacation Bible School

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 12:56 pm

    The Episcopal Church has irked me quite often the last few years with their progressive abandonment of biblical doctrine in favor of a liberal social doctrine (e.g. acceptance of homosexuality). Now they’ve found a new way to irk me – at least in one parish.

    Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania decided the theme for this summer’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) should be “Wizards and Wonders: The Journey with Harry Potter.”

    …preschoolers take flying lessons on miniature broomsticks at a makeshift Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Older students play a game of Quidditch, and more than 100 youngsters get Bible verse in their daily owl mail.

    A minister said the Bible and the Harry Potter stories have what she calls “a slew of parallel lessons.”

    A “slew of parallel lessons”?!!! I’ll tell you what lessons we’ve learned from Harry Potter. I have not read any of the books, but Jen and I did watch the Harry Potter movies. One one level, they’re fun fantasy stories akin to the Chronicles of Narnia. Unlike the Narnia series, however, the Harry Potter series teaches that witchcraft and wizardry can be good, fun, and something to strive for. We have observed an enormous increase of young people getting drawn into Wicca since the Harry Potter series hit store shelves. Not only have concerned Christians emailed us from all over the world about this, but we’ve received emails from hundreds of young Wiccans (teenage and below) who have become Wiccans after becoming fascinated with Harry Potter. That a Christian Church would feel it appropriate to perpetuate this influence through VBS is frightening to say the least. These children will learn that witchcraft and wizardry can be “fun.” They will eventually investigate it further, and many of them will be drawn into Wicca as a result. There’s even a movement called “Christian Wicca” that claims a goddess as part of the Trinity.

    At a time when parents and church leaders should be COUNTERING the lessons of Harry Potter with youngsters, Saint John’s Episcopal Church has decided to reinforce them.

    AP Story
    Agape Press Article
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Contact Info

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