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Should Christians Ban Books

Banning Books. Should Christians ban, or seek to ban books not only in the home, but for 'the good of society?'

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On my Uncles had a list of evil books NOT to be read, period. He made a list for me. I promptly went to the library and began reading.
Banned List
1.1984, George Orwell
2. Brave New World, Aldious Huxley
3. Stranger in a Strange Land, F. Herbert.
4. The Stranger, Camus
5. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
6. Origen of species, C. Darwin
7. Cats Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
8. Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis
9. Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
10. Candide, Voltaire
Who had the problem?
---len_k on 4/14/07


james the Bible says to NOT learn unGodly things.
---r.w. on 9/15/06


Yet again, another situation where the action is done for entertainment, not for for religous truth, read a book for fun, not for truth...
---Chaz on 4/19/06


"know thy enemy." If you are to know anything about history or what you really stand for yourself you must listen to opposing viewpoints, or you cant even begin to dabate because lack of knowledge.
---james on 1/29/06


I agree with Stan. It's basiclly the same outcome. Wether we ban or burn a book, they won't be read. I don't believe in burning any books except a book on witchcraft.
---Lee on 12/6/05




Banning books and burning them are not the same issue. A parent might ban a book from their home because it is not suitable reading for the age of the children in the home at that time. A school might do the same for the same reason. When a book is burned it is because the burner (sometimes myself) believes it should never have been printed in the first place and we want it out of circulation. I agree that either can create a curiosity and desire to see the book. One reason I burn without an audience.
---M.P. on 12/6/05


There is a blog very similar to this one. This was already discussed. Ban, burn should be on the same blog.
---Stanley on 12/6/05


Banning books only makes those who want to read them more enticing. Even burning them does no good as we have seen with people who save even pages of the Bible and copy them by hand at night just to have the Scriptures as they do in North Korea etc. Our choice is to pick those books that edify ourselves and the Lord. It wastes time to read nonsense literature...but you have to decide based on Scripture what that is!
---Elsie on 12/5/05


Alas, I am not clever enough to understand what this means: "our morality can only exist in a vacuum of ideas"
Can you explain Steve?
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/5/05


, banning books serves two purposes; to create interest in banned books, and to let it be known that our morality can only exist in a vacuum of ideas.
---steve on 12/5/05




Len, I think your uncle may have pulled a fast one on you to get you reading! Clever guy!
---NVBarbara on 12/5/05


I do not allow certain books in my home. Anything that has witchcraft or magic or any other satanic content. As for going out and making a statement, no, that would give the books more publicity.
---Melissa on 12/5/05


As a boy i was an avid reader.. i read the communist Manifesto and studied it along with Thomas Moore Eutopia,, Plato , Socrates and other works, Edgar Cayce books and others in phenomen and other mystical aspects , Pyscho-Spiritaul. Transcendal Meditation... and other writings well before i was 19. My avid reading.. on Science and other matters, brought me closer to God and to seek to serve him. I am glad that such materials were not banned but were there to help me make my choices in life.
---guyiyae4898 on 12/5/05


Here in the UK, they tried to ban the Harry Potter books, and singularly failed. In fact,Potter got more free publicity for these books by the church opposition, and I believe people read them on the grounds that if the church banned them, they must be good. I`ve read the books, they're rubbish literature, and if the churchs advertising agency had said nothing, they would have died a death.
---mike6553 on 12/5/05


Ralph, right.

Bruce, what is your point? I am not all right, as I fail to see your point.

Pete; the other blog is burning books, slightly different subject.
---len_k on 12/4/05


People attempting to ban the written word, whether books, newspapers or even blogs, often have reasons that they try to justify as noble. However, the real reasons for censorship are usually to protect the self interests of the censors.
---ralph7477 on 12/4/05


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I see you have have a list of ten. Do you also go out of your way to break all ten commandments? O that's right lying would be one of them.
---Bruce on 12/4/05


This is already being diccussed on another blog. Are you alright there, len?
---Pete on 12/4/05


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