I realize that this is a huge topic of debate. I also realize that I need to do more studying on it, but here’s where I am right now.
I’m all right with make- believe creatures, different laws of physics, and miraculous objects in the fantasy genre. I keep these in the realm of completely imaginary, and they don’t affect my life at all.
Magic, on the other hand, is a stickier issue. I’m personally okay with two kinds of magic in the fantasy books I read.
- Laughable Disney/fairy tale magic. Little singing mice and pudgy fairy godmothers? I discount this type of magic along with all of the follow-your-heart worldview. It goes into the category of entertaining and cute.
- “Magic” as a fairy tale code word for the power of God. In The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan is obviously in control and everything flows from him. Most of the time any characters are practicing magic on their own, it is portrayed as evil. In Song of the Sword, the “Melody” isn’t even referred to as magic; but is representing joy and the Holy Spirit. The characters are not able to do anything in their own strength; and–but I’m getting into spoilers here… 😉
Here’s the one kind of magic I avoid.
- Harry Potter-type magic. People can quibble about magic used for good purposes vs. “black magic”, but to me characters practicing magic are out of bounds. God said ‘not to’, and in order to summon power they have to contact His enemies. Just gross, guys. As soon as a character’s actions or a creature’s appearance become mildly demonic, I’m out of there.
So there you are! As I said before, I’m still in the process of determining my worldview on this topic. 😉