Some ramblings inspired by the article reg:
Celestine Prophecy... hope I'm not too
confusing... and this is not directed at you...
I'm just rambling... ;)
I'm not sure that I understand which
'hypothetical possibility' you are cringing over,
but I am assuming you mean the bit about Tolkien
teaching 'Frodo seminars,' etc...
As I read the article, I was thinking, "What does
this have to do with Tolkien??" And then, I got
to the part about Tolkien! ;) It made me laugh!
And then I thought, "Who says Tolkien /didn't/
believe in 'elves' and 'evil wizards'??
Tolkien's 'evil wizards' and 'good wizards' were
some of the Maiar. The Maiar were "...of the
same order as the Valar but of less degree."
(From Valaquenta, The Silmarillion.) The Valar
were like 'angels.' Two of these Maiar were
Gandalf and Saruman, also known as the Istari, or
The author assumes that Tolkien did NOT believe
in 'elves' or 'evil wizards.' I don't know that
I agree with that. Tolkien was a Christian.
Christians do believe in angels. The difference
is, Tolkien got his beliefs from the Bible, he
didn't just make them up to sell a book. ;)
Also, he didn't have to give seminars, because
they are already held all over the world every
Sunday Morning. ;)
BTW, as a student of theology, I have read the
Celestine Prophecy. I won't make any comments on
> From: d.bratman@...http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mcelestine.html
> Warning: even as a hypothetical possibility
> this is one to cringe over.
> David Bratman