The eighth chapter of the Harry Potter Conference book, the Ravenclaw Reader, takes the character of Snape as its topic. The substantive paper is by Joshua C Richards, with the response by Amy Sonheim. If Google has not let me
The seventh section of the Ravenclaw Reader’s conference papers on Harry Potter focuses attention on the character of Neville Longbottom. The substantive paper on “The Canonization of Neville Longbottom” is by Timothy Bartel, and the response is by Maria Nilson.
Yesterday I discussed how difficult people find it today to talk of God’s impassibility, as taught in the first of the 39 articles. There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and
One result of looking at older expressions of faith which are not regularly read, like the Church of England’s 39 Articles, is that they can confront you with unfamiliar ideas. I suspect that a very large number of contemporary Christians, conservative
I’m moving on with my series on the Ravenclaw Reader, a collection of papers on the world of Harry Potter delivered at a St Andrew’s University conference in 2012 and now tidied up and published this month. The sixth chapter
The fifth section of the Ravenclaw Reader is a pair of essays attempting to explore the popularity of Harry Potter. The main essay, by Joel Hunter, is an attempt to explore the books in terms of Propp’s formalist analysis of folktales.
The fourth pairing of papers in the Ravenclaw Reader concern the Forbidden Forest. The main article is by Garry MacKenzie, and the response by one of the editors John Patrick Pazdziora. Both of these (if my googling has served me well) are PhD students
“Who is this God person anyway?” was the final book of Oolon Colluphid’s trilogy of philosophical blockbusters in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It can serve here as a reminder that the way one person uses the word “God” may
I confess, the third paper in the Ravenclaw Reader has made me question the wisdom of this blog project. And at the least it shows how very differently people can read the Potter books. Siddarth Pandey, who appears to be
One of the few things that’s clear about “Anglicanism” is that Anglicans can’t bring themselves to agree what it means. The mechanisms whereby Tudor monarch, parliament and archbishop acting together could impose any kind of doctrine on a divided church