From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy
The allure of fantasy continues to grow with film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. But how should Christians approach modern works of fantasy, especially debated points such as magic and witches?...
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The allure of fantasy continues to grow with film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. But how should Christians approach modern works of fantasy, especially debated points such as magic and witches? From Homer to Harry Potter provides the historical background readers need to understand this timeless genre. It explores the influence of biblical narrative, Greek mythology, and Arthurian legend on modern fantasy and reveals how the fantastic offers profound insights into truth. The authors draw from a Christian viewpoint informed by C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien to assess modern authors such as Philip Pullman, Walter Wangerin, and J. K. Rowling. This accessible book guides undergraduate students, pastors, and lay readers to a more astute and rewarding reading of all fantasy literature.
"What adjectives describe this book? Sound? Wise? Intelligent? Informed? Trustworthy? Nuanced? Accurate? Enlightening? Genuinely Christian? All of the above."--Peter Kreeft, author of The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings"By the time I got to seminary the list of prohibitions was complete: Christians should stay away from dance, drink, tobacco, and myth. If Dickerson and O'Hara had been around at the time, at least one item would have been redeemed. This book fills a huge void, especially for those who believe that myth and biblical truth are incompatible. Here are two Christian guides who give us a chronological and panoramic overview of the whole genre of myth and fantasy, correct our misconceptions, and help us appreciate ways in which the genre can enrich our understanding of what we believe beyond the merely propositional. Dickerson and O'Hara helped me make connections in the literature and, perhaps most significantly, inspired me to explore some of the literature I have not yet read."--Dennis Okholm, Azusa Pacific University"Dickerson and O'Hara are as up to date on ancient myth and epic as on the latest in contemporary fantasy. Their work provides a vital context for the very latest literary phenomenon, and searches out the timeless and the universal within the flux of modern inventions."--T. A. Shippey, author of J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
Matthew T. Dickerson is professor of environmental studies and computer science at Middlebury College, author of "Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien," ý"Following Gandalf: Epic Battles and Moral Victory in The Lord of the Rings "and" The Finnsburg Encounter,""" and coeditor of "From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fantasy,""" ý"" ýDavid O'Hara is assistant professor of philosophy and instructor in classical Greek at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is coeditor of "From Homer to Harry Potter: A Handbook on Myth and Fan
Matthew Dickerson (Ph.D., Cornell University) is professor of computer science and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, and the author of From Homer to Harry Potter; Narnia and the Fields of Arbol; Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J. R. R. Tolkien and most recently The Mind and the Machine: What It Means to Be Human and Why It Matters. He is an internationally known Tolkien scholar and directs the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf.