Re: Evil spell, good book
- 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 email@example.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.