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Nerd Bastards own Mel Valentin sure seemed to like Doctor Strange, but as the saying goes, “you can’t please everyone,” and it takes a special kind of bizarre disposition to look at a movie like Doctor Strange and label it “abhorrent.” That’s not a statement of quality though, that’s the way one critic is labeling the subject matter of Doctor Strange, a movie about a surgeon that takes up a new career in the exciting field of fighting extra-dimensional monsters and protecting the fabric or reality. Or as Dr. Ted Baehr calls it, “a dangerous introduction to demonic occult deception.”

Behr, who’s chair of the Christian Film & Television Commission, has given Doctor Strange a stinging -4 or “Abhorrent” rating. “[Doctor Strange is] a dangerous introduction to demonic occult deception,” Behr’s review said. “The Bible clearly warns against the kind of occult practices and sorcery the hero in this movie learns to do, in Deuteronomy 18:9-12 and Galatians 5:20. Also in the movie, the hero’s New Age, occult guru teaches there may be no afterlife, that death is truly the end, and that this is a good thing.”

In case you’re not a Biblical scholar, here’s Deuteronomy 18:9-12.

“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or aa sorcerer or a charmer or ba medium or a necromancer or cone who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you.

And this is Galatians 5:20, well 19-21 because you need the verses on the both sides to get the full context.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Of course, Doctor Strange is not the first fictional wizard to feel the wrath of Christian spokespeople. Remember all those book burnings for Harry Potter novels? All those book bannings from public libraries in the deep south? Chick Publications published a comic strip that said in no uncertain terms, “the Potter books open a doorway that will put untold millions of kids into hell.” On the bright side, a 2000 survey published at the height of the Potter book burnings in 2000 noted that only 7 per cent of Americans believed that Harry Potter was a gateway to Satan. It turned out that the majority of Christians actually enjoy Harry Potter and appreciate its message of good triumphing over evil. It’s doubtful that people will see Doctor Strange much differently, but maybe Dr. Behr should be grateful that this Doctor Strange movie didn’t introduce Memphisto. That probably would have gotten Strange a -10 rating…

Doctor Strange opens in theatres everywhere tonight.

Source: Cinema Blend

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