Frodo and Harry

by Ted Baehr and Tom Snyder“Understanding Visual Media and its Impact on Our Lives,” is the subtitle for this book. For someone like me who wants to be a filmmaker and a teacher, this books sounds just about perfect. …until you start reading it. Basically the book contrasts Lord of the Rings against Harry Potter. In so many words, the authors basically claim that LOTR is Jesus, and Harry Potter is the devil. It gives many one-sided arguments to support its cause, as well as a list of what Christians should be doing about it. It does accurately asses the need for Christians in the Arts, but does nothing to equip us to make any proactive changes. This is exactly the sort of work that gives Christians a bad rep. If the authors wanted to make a difference, they should have made a difference, not a book. Criticize by creating!

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