Next week, Lord willing, I’m headed to a screening of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, a new Disney movie set to hit theaters March 8. Have you seen the trailers? It’s supposedly a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz penned by Frank Baum over a century ago and immortalized in the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland.
In a way, this story is the great-grandfather of wizard & witch stories popular in our culture today, long predating the 1960′s adult fantasy trip (of which Tolkien was a big player) and the latest fantasy craze in youth literature kicked off by Harry Potter and followed by Twilight. Baum’s story of Oz didn’t invent witches and wizards by any means, but it remains a kind of fountainhead of American pop culture’s incarnations.
So, I thought since we’re all cool-headed adults and capable of disagreeing with each other without resorting to belittling others (Lord willing!), this might be a good time to host a discussion about the story. And dark/occult fantasy elements in general. Maybe, just maybe we all might learn something from each other. So, here goes!
DO YOU THINK CHRISTIANS SHOULD READ/WATCH STORIES INVOLVING WITCHES AND WIZARDS? SHOULD WE EXPOSE OUR CHILDREN TO THOSE STORIES? WHY OR WHY NOT?
Hope you’ll grab a cup o’ Joe or tea and come join our conversation!