I have not yet read the Harry Potter books. Jerram Barrs' exultation (below) at the excellence of the last book in the Harry Potter series has wet my interest. Barrs serves as Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He met his wife, Vicki, at L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and then served for 18 years at English L'Abri Fellowship before joining Covenant Seminary in 1989.
Barrs has authored several books and articles. Here is the opening paragraph of a paper titled, "Christianity True to the Way Things Are:"
Christianity claims that the Bible explains the world in which we live, tells us of the origin and meaning of man's existence, gives us a basis for knowledge and for understanding the difference between good and evil, shows us how to live in this world, provides answers to the problems we face as humans, and offers us a hope for the future which lends a purpose to our life now. Before such claims can be examined, there is an important objection that must be considered. (More...)