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19230Re: Evil spell, good book

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  • Lynn Maudlin
    Dec 10, 2007
      I meant to address this briefly - one could look at the Bible that
      way, too - there are TERRIBLE situations related in scripture, people
      do horrible things - why would those be 'commemorated' by inclusion in
      scripture? why would God speak such disturbing and graphic analogies
      to Ezekiel? etc. - I think there is a small correlation between the
      two: a book of spells is a collection - it may very well have been
      edited (the worst, most evil removed - this wasn't a *very* bad spell
      that Lucy resisted, after all) - but more than that I think it goes to
      free will. Scripture includes horrible stuff *in part* to show us to
      what base behavior human nature can sink; the spell book includes evil
      spells *in part* because God (and, in Narnian terms, Aslan) values

      Did Aslan interfere with Lucy's freewill when His image came to life?
      It could be argued but I prefer to think He was reminding her of
      deeper values that she longed to embrace, that He knew the desires of
      her heart better than she did.

      -- Lynn --

      --- In mythsoc@yahoogroups.com, Jef Murray <jef.murray@...> wrote:
      > W.r.t. your second point, about why an evil spell
      > would be in a "good" wizard's book, I'm reminded of
      > the oft-heard comment that technology is
      > neutral...that is, it can be used for good or evil,
      > but that it, by itself, is neither (pace, Tolkien!).
      > And I expect the same applies to a spellbook (was it
      > Tolkien, or Chesterton, who claimed that a
      > sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable
      > from magic?). So, I assume that for _some_ people and
      > in _some_ circumstances, the "beauty" spell might be
      > used for good.
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