Over the past week, certain blogs have blown up over a writer who's calling herself 'Grace Anne Parsons' (she goes by "proudhousewife" online) and her mission to re-write the Harry Potter books to be a Christian morality tale. “My little ones have been asking to read the Harry Potter books; and of course I’m happy for them to be reading; but I don’t want them turning into witches!” she writes in her intro. So she's making some changes and writing her own versions. In them, Harry Potter is rescued from his wicked, evolution-believing, socialism-pushing "family" and taken by Hagrid to the "Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles." There, he meets the happily married "Reverend Albus Dumbledore" and his daughter, the "obedient" and "modest" Hermione.
The fanfic is about seven chapters in and has initiated a lot of eye-rolling from every corner of the blogosphere. And while it's possible that this is the work of a real Grace Parsons who is truly concerned that the books will lead her children into the way of iniquity, it smacks of an Internet hoax from a prankster curious to see if anyone will swallow his or her story. As Religion News Service notes, Google turns up no other mention of "Grace Anne Parsons" (whose name is a bit on the nose) and the references themselves seem to come from a writer far more familiar with Harry Potter than the Bible (at one point, Hagrid explains to Harry that Christians are simply "people who want to be good," which isn't an answer a Sunday School teacher would accept from a first grader). True, some overreactions from certain corners of Christiandom have opened churches up to this type of satire, but in this case, something smells like Floo Powder ... Discuss
Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. Mastering this field, this give and take of energy, is the secret to what makes marriage flourish.
Bell, who left his church following the theological controversy surrounding his book Love Wins, has recently been featured on Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend speaking tour. Zimzum hits stores next month ... Discuss
According to a new Pew Research study, much of the millennial generation is really into reading—but not going to library. From The Atlantic: “Some 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30.” However, the same group also said that libraries weren’t “essential in their communities,” and this attitude is contributing to the trend of Americans actually purchasing more books than are borrowed. What do you expect from a generation raised by Levar Burton? ... Discuss