RE: [mythsoc] Landscape With Dragons revisited
- In Catholic circles, O'Brien is a well-known critic (unsurprisingly)
of HP as furthering the cause of the occult, witchcraft, etc. This is,
of course, one of the several areas with which I must respectfully
disagree with him. I think the person who pointed out that there is a
tendency here to deny the fluidity of symbols was spot on. It reminds
me a bit of some of the Protestant fundamentalists who would cancel
Christmas because Dec. 21 was once a pagan winter solstice festival.
Christianity, of course, has two thousand years of history (ongoing)
involving the "baptism", as it were, of pagan symbols, customs,
notions, whole philosophies. Ultimately, I believe the
"Christianability" of HP will be proved or disproved only when book 7
appears, and I vote (after re-reading the series thus far several
times) for the probability of the former.
O'Brien is a Tolkien fan, but I tend to find that most of his
arguments against HP could be just as easily turned on Tolkien. Just
as there are examples of conversion and even religious vocations among
Christians from reading Tolkien, there are any number of pagans and
Wiccans out there who regard Tolkien and his subcreation as prime
inspiration. Abusus non tollit usum. as the old saw goes.
For more info, O'Brien's views on HP are expressed here:
were criticized by Sandra Miesel (sci-fi writer and co-author of "The
Da Vinci Hoax") here:
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
Behalf Of John D Rateliff
Unfortunately (?), the book was written in 1998, so there's no
mention of Harry Potter... _,_._,___
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- Hello fellows:
I've been off-list for some time. One reason is that
I've been looking after an early Mythopoeic personage,
Jon Lackey. He was the producer of the "Greater
Trumps" masque that was mounted at
the second Mythcon in 1971. He had been in ill health
for much of this previous year.
I'm sorry to report that he passed away on February
26th of cancer.
He was an enormous influence on my life, as well as
many others. He was involved with the very
first campaign to produce a film of "Rings" in 1957.
A major contributor to the SCA, LASFS, a tutor and
mentor to many, RenFair performer, artist, sculptor,
costumer, composer, and so much more.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might
have known him, and have them contact me
as regards a planned memorial.
Bonnie S. Callahan