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We receive many negative Emails about this series of essays. Most are the result of visitors to our web site misunderstanding the essays' content.

Please note that In this series of essays, we are:

  • Not condemning role playing games (RPGs) as evil.
  • Not ridiculing many conservative Christians' beliefs about RPGs
     
We are simply describing what RPGs are, and the conflicts among various groups, including:
  • Players of these games.
  • Conservative Christians.
  • Sociologists who have studied RPGs and their players.

Quotations:

  • "D&D teaches teens to stretch their minds, use their imagination.  They learn to work as a team, rely on a friend.  They spend time in social circles.  It is nothing but a good influence in lives. I am a Christian and I have, do, and will play D&D.  I like it and I know that there is nothing wrong with it, or me." Unsolicited comment from a visitor to this web site.
  • "I know of no real case of a Dungeons & Dragons(tm) related suicide or killing. It seems unlikely: the game teaches hope and resourcefulness. It encourages people to believe they can defeat the obstacles they face." M.Joseph Young, a born-again Christian. 1
  • "Leviticus 19:26 says not to practice any kind of magic. D&D claims to involve the players in the worship/service of other gods...Exodus 23:13 tells us not to even mention the names of other gods...D&D contains much information and encourages activity that deals with the occult world." Mel Gabler. 2
  • "Without any doubt in my own mind, after years of study of the history of occultism, after having researched historical research, I can say with confidence: These games are the most effective, most magnificently packaged, most profitably marked, most thoroughly researched introduction to the occult in man's recorded history, period. This is NO game." Dr. Gary North, editor of the Remnant Review3

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References:

  1. M.J. Young, "Confessions of a Dungeons & Dragons addict," at: http://members.aol.com/MarkJYoung/confess.html
  2. Mel Gabler, "Dungeons and Dragons - Concerns for the Christian," at:  http://www.webzonecom.com/ccn/cults/satn07.txt
  3. Dr. Gary North, in Remnant Review, 1980-DEC-5 .

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