A major part of my childhood was watching Scooby-Doo cartoons. I always wondered what Scooby snacks tasted like and there is still a part of me that would love to own a Mystery Machine. I will also confess that I never liked Scrappy-Doo. That was the beginning of the end for me.
There was a pretty standard formula for each episode. They would encounter an episode that would often include some sort of supernatural element (ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc.). No matter how likely it looked that these things were real, by the end of the episode it was revealed that that there was a natural explanation and that the villain was all too human. And they would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids…
My children have really fallen in love with Scooby-Doo. They watch episode after episode and so this has introduced me to some of the newer episodes as well as the movies. I was absolutely shocked to discover that they now actually encounter the supernatural!
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I feel like my childhood has been betrayed with this radical change. On the other hand, I believe in the supernatural.
However I feel about it, what is important is the shift in worldview. At one time it was assumed that there would be natural explanations but now there is a market for the supernatural.
This is an opportunity for the Christian Church. Christianity is a supernatural religion. Christians believe that God has intervened numerous times throughout history, most powerfully in the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I believe in the importance of showing that Christianity is rational, but that does not mean that we need to deny the supernatural.