The Difference Between Christian & Occult-Based Fantasy

As all regular readers of this blog know, we receive many questions about children’s books in which the characters use sorcery in one way or another. In an effort to help Christian parents and educators learn how to discern whether or not this content is suitable for children, I would like to post insights from Michael O’Brien’s book, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture and other useful sources which I hope they will find useful.

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Are you concerned about the influence of occult fiction on today’s youth? Watch EWTN’s Women of Grace next week!

We get so much mail from parents and educators who are concerned about the impact of occult fiction on the minds of our youth, that Johnnette decided to devote a week’s worth of shows to this subject. These shows will air next week, April 11-15. I will appear on several of the shows along with renowned writer, Michael O’Brien.

This is a great series, especially for parents, because it takes a comprehensive look at this troubling trend and gives viewers an idea of what to watch out for when choosing good titles for themselves or their loved ones. We delve deeply into this subject, exposing the occult in all kinds of literature, movies, and even games. In addition, Michael does a masterful job of explaining why this dark literature is so dangerous to the minds and morals of our children. He also explains the difference between Christian fantasy such as J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and books like the Harry Potter series.

A whole show with Michael is devoted to discussing Harry Potter, and I discuss the dangers of Twilight with Johnnette and Fr. Ed on another episode.

This is a must-see week of shows!

Women of Grace airs at 11:00 a.m. EST and encore at 11:30 p.m. EST.