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God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom Paperback – December 1, 2010
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The book is a total must own, whether you're a rabid Harry Potter fan, a Christian theologian, or a parent curious about whether the books are appropriate for your children. It goes so far beyond the current Christian discussion that just says the books are all about witchcraft, and really adds a new perspective. This book is a must own!
The short version of this review: I'd definitely recommend the book.
The longer version: Exactly what you get out of it may depend a bit on the perspective you're entering from, whether you're a big HP fan with a passing interest in religion, or vice versa. (I'm assuming here that if you're hugely into both, you have already bought this book, and if you have no interest whatsoever in either, you would not have stumbled onto this page in the first place.)
The most obvious target audience would be students (or just curious individuals) who want to get an introduction to theological scholarship, but may be discouraged by the thought of having to pore over thick volumes full of literally millennia of dense philosophical arguments. For those folks, here's some good news: Even if you took out all the Harry Potter bits, this book would still be a great introduction to many of the core concepts of Christian theology (evil, sin, salvation, grace, etc.). The style is a bit more conversational and far easier to read than most textbooks, without being too cursory to be a useful academic reference.
The framework of examining these concepts in the context of the Harry Potter universe makes them even easier to digest; the typical structure is to spend a few pages introducing and discussing some theological concept, and then a few pages relating it to HP and his pals. This alternation of vegetables and dessert, as it were, is great for keeping you going if you're not too familiar with theology to start.Read more ›
God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom (Unlocking Press 2010) is a delightful read, covering the creation and implementation of the first semester of her beloved course of Harry Potter and Christian thought, as well as visiting the major themes covered in the class. Rev. Tumminio's writing is engaging and approachable, making the reader often wish for the opportunity to be in an actual class with her.Read more ›
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Engaging read -- I can understand why so many students fought to get in this class!Published 1 month ago by M. D'Amico
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A well grounded and researched look at contemporary culture through the lens theological thought. An entertaining and engaging work. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by David Galleher