May 26, 2015

Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture

Recommended reading:
Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, by Michael D. O'Brien



“I have long had serious reservations about the spiritual underpinning to the Harry Potter series. Like Michael O’Brien, I believe Catholic parents need to be alerted to the possible negative influences that these books can have on the moral and spiritual formation of their children. Any parent concerned about the formation of the character of their children should read this book.”


—Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sydney Australia



“Master story-teller and artist Michael O’Brien—the man to whom CNN went for comment on Harry potter—has penned the definitive work assessing the Potter phenomenon. This book is essential reading for all parents whose children have read or are considering reading the wildly popular offerings by J.K. Rowling and similar works as Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.

“Although this is an analytical work, the reader will be captivated from the beginning, from the must-read preface onward.


“O’Brien’s earlier work, A Landscape with Dragons, delineated authentic Christian fantasy literature from its counterfeits. Now in Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture, he fascinatingly contrasts Potter-world with C.S. Lewis’s Narnia and with Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and specifically Harry with Frodo.


“For those whose children have consumed Potter, O’Brien’s analysis will enable parents to comprehend the messages which have been fed to their children and give them the points and arguments which will hopefully be the antidote to properly reset their moral order.

“The book goes beyond Potter, however, to address other bestselling series such as Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. 

“In addition to these and other fantasy books, O’Brien reviews the films which they spawned.

“In all, the author’s new book teaches Christians how to discern harmless fantasy literature and film from that which is destructive to heart, mind and soul.


“I cannot recommend this work highly enough.”


—John Henry Western, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief LifeSiteNews.com


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