Harry Potter and the question of evil – a Merseyside Thought for the Day…

My Merseyside colleague, Irene Hall, just had a weekly “Thought for the Day” published in Liverpool’s Daily Post.  It succinctly illustrates how tracing evil back to its mental origins – as Christian Scientists do – does not ignore evil, but helps one to deal with it effectively.

“BE NOT overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good”. St Paul’s words occ- urred to me after watching the latest Harry Potter film. We see Harry’s friend, Ron, trying to destroy a receptacle of evil. What’s released appears as his thoughts – resentment, envy, suspicion of his friends – increasing to almost overwhelming hatred. With a sword, he destroys the evil spirit (and evil thinking).

St Paul advises us to arm ourselves with the “sword of the Spirit” – the power of absolute goodness. Mary Baker Eddy (who founded Christian Science) put it this way: “At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you.”

In case you have somehow managed to miss it/avoid it, here is a trailer for the latest Harry Potter movie to be viewed by “appropriate audiences”:


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Categories: Christian Science, Media, Uncategorized

Author:Tony Lobl

I write and edit articles on spirituality from the perspective of the practice of Christian Science as an Associate Editor for the Christian Science periodicals. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the teachings of Christian Science transformed my life and re-shaped my career.


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