Someday, when I am rich and famous
Or when my children are grown
Or when I plain old have the time, I’m going to write a great thesis about the evolution of Fantasy from mythology to Fairy Tale to Fantasy to Modern Day. (for a little on this read my post about Beauty and the Beast)
And when I do I will write many many important and amazing things about life.
But if you love fantasy, and are curious about Church, can I just say that nothing corresponds in describing the human condition (in my opinion) and the importance and significance of hope in the Bible …nothing except the fantasy
Nowhere else does good battle evil, amazing things happen, people live in completely different conditions with different abilities, and yet they still are stuck with struggling with the human condition. Those things that make life essential!
My professor Kenda Dean says that being a teenager is the human condition (the highs, the lose, the hopes, the inherent brokenness of it all) on crack; and that’s why she likes it.
Maybe that’s why most teens read fantasy, and many adults “outgrow” it.
While I have your attention two brief points about Fantasy that I hope to explore via ministry (with all ages, not just children or teens) at some point.
1. What is with Vampires today?
There seems to be a fascination with
a. Everlasting Love
b. Living Forever
c. Drinking the Essence of a Living being to do so….
2. Harry Potter: Because it is awesome
At one point Harry Potter discusses that the right way to pursue eternal life is through Hallows, Not Horcruxes….
What are the Hallowed things (Hallow means Holy by-the-bye)
What are the Crutches, the Horrible Crucibles in your life. How do they seem like they provide eternal life, but they are not….
Ponder these, get back to me, and then tell me that this generation of Fantasy readers isn’t ripe for the Gospel!!!
PS recently there was a great post about telling the Gospel in 7 words or less in Christian Century
I’ve decided mine would be
Trying to be as gracious as God
or Hallows, not Horcruxes….Just saying 😉