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I Like It Just Because

(photo from IMDB.com)

I’m really excited because tonight my wife and I will be going to catch the sixth instalment in the Harry Potter movie franchise: The Half-Blood Prince. I enjoyed the books as they came out, and now am enjoying each film as they are being released.

I do know that not everyone shares my enjoyment of the Harry Potter series. I remember when the books started coming out, culminated by the release of the first movie, all the controversy among the evangelical Christian world surrounding the stories. What a fun time to be in children’s ministry!

I won’t go into the debate on whether or not the books and movies are right or wrong. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt…

With getting ready to go see the movie, I remembered a post by my friend Matt Guevara about developing a Christian ethic of story. In other words, developing a thought-out filter for looking at story and determining whether or not it has any redemptive value. (At least that is my understanding of his post and subsequent article linked to his post.)

I highly recommend reading the post and the article. The article is a bit on the academic side, but it’s good to exercise the brain every once and a while!

One of the points I like in the article is evaluating story using a centered set vs. bounded set paradigm. I had a 3-post series about using centered and bounded sets when evaluating what it means to follow Christ. You can read the posts here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

  • What do you think about Matt’s ideas on developing a Christian ethic of story?
  • How do you evaluate stories, art, culture? What are the filters you use? How do you determine whether something is “redeemable” or not?
  • What do you do to help kids and parents develop filters for media, entertainment and culture?

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