>Merry XMas From Harry Potter

randomlychad  —  December 6, 2010 — 4 Comments

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Today, I would like to talk about the use of the word XMas in America during the holiday season. There are a great many sincere, well-meaning people who will tell you that the X is an attempt to cross Christ out of Christmas. I should know: I used to be one of them. But this is because I didn’t bother to take the time to educate myself. I wasn’t being a Berean. I have since come to learn that the aforementioned X is the Greek letter Chi, which just so happens to be the first letter of the title, Christ, in Greek. Thus it would seem that the use of “X” to denote Christ predates America by about 1700 years. No one is trying to cross Jesus out of Christmas–it’s simply a convenient contraction. “Merry XMas”=”Merry Christmas.” It is, in all seriousness, a “nontroversy.”
Much akin to the brouhaha surrounding XMas, is the Christian response, or lack thereof, to all things Harry Potter. And much as I was with “XMas,” I was at one time very opposed to all things Potter. Thought it was in fact demonic, not safe for Christian consumption. Well, not so much. Again, I had failed to apply due diligence and research the matter for myself. When I did, I discovered that Harry’s story fit squarely within the classical Christian tradition of English literature. From the learned scholar, John Granger, I learned that the series was rich with “Christian imagery, classical references, and ‘acerbic criticism of muggledom.’ Thus I promptly devoured the books. And was pleasantly surprised that Mr. Granger was indeed correct. You see, the series is a very cleverly constructed postmodern framework used to convey essential Biblical truth. In C.S. Lewis’s phrase, Rowling’s work goes a long way in getting these truths “past [the] watchful dragons” of our age. That, and it’s a corking good yarn.
All symbolism aside, here are a couple of plain facts about Harry Potter and series’ author, J.K. Rowling: the entire series is predicated on the premise of the saving power of sacrificial love (who does that remind you of?); and Ms. Rowling is herself a member of the Church of Scotland (telling us perhaps something about her worldview). But don’t just take my word for it–look into these things for yourself. Be a Berean. You’ll be glad you were.

Lest I forget: Merry XMas from Harry Potter!

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  • Always cool to see people realize stuff like this. Good for you, Chad.

    • Jeff, thanks for taking the time to both read and comment. Too much of my life has been spent--ideologically, at least--on snooze. But the Lord has been both gentle, and faithful, to wake me up by degrees.

  • Susan

    All truth is God's truth. In a postmodern Western world that has drowned out all sense of the supernatural, people are hungry for stories that acknowledge real good and evil and a supernatural, the super-reality beyond what we see and hear. No wonder HP is so popular. I'm very much behind in watching the Harry Potter films, but have enjoyed them so far and will do everythin to get caught up and finally see Part 7 pt 1 and 2 in the theaters

    • Hey, Susan, thanks for your comment! I always gave lip service tothat--that all truth is His truth, but kinda lacked in the applicationdepartment. Trying to make up for my errant ways! You're absolutelyright--our science-obsessed society is starved for a touch of thenuminous. Many blessings to you!