Have you ever heard someone, after reaching an impasse in a conversation focused on politics, religion or entertainment, conclude by saying, “Well, that’s your interpretation”? With this statement, all argument is expected to end. But should it?
Over the past few years I have often been caught off guard by Christians who wonder why we should engage with cultural artifacts such as movies, music, novels and art. Isn’t God’s Word all we need? This experience has challenged me to consider why it is important for Christians to engage with the things in culture that capture the imagination and interest of the people around us.
I teach a course on Harry Potter and Christian Spirituality at the University of Alberta, so this issue is close to my heart. I often interact with students who were banned from the books and movies as teenagers, but now want to know how to relate all things to their faith.