As a theologian, my deep commitment to understanding theology and culture has often sparked insightful conversations with my children.
One evening, I noticed my teenager was unusually quiet. He explained that he was sad because his school had banned his favourite game, Dungeons and Dragons.
This topic fueled my desire to understand the game and its impact fully. I began by reading articles, books, and scholarly papers, and two articles that stood out to me were “Dragons, Dungeons, and Discipleship: A Christian Perspective on Playing Dungeons & Dragons” by Mike Perna and “Should a Christian Play Dungeons & Dragons?” by Ben Edwards.
A few weeks later, during a parents’ meeting at my teenagers’ school, some parents mentioned the game topic, saying their children wanted to continue playing it. Most parents were opposed to this.
From my extensive research, I decided to share my findings with the parents and teachers present. After the discussion, I decided to write this article for those who may also have these questions.
So, is dungeons and dragons evil?
The Bible does not explicitly mention the Dungeons and Dragons game. A few Christian forums suggest that playing the game is not evil. They also suggest that people should turn to broader biblical principles and teachings that guide Christians in making ethical choices.
So, I invite you to join me on this journey as I discuss the Dungeons and Dragons game, whether it is a sin to play it, and whether parents should encourage their children to play it.
Let’s get started.
Is Dungeons and Dragons demonic?
Whether the Dungeons and Dragons game is mainly demonic depends on a person’s belief and perspective. Some people believe that the perception of Dungeons and Dragons as demonic or evil primarily stems from misconceptions that arose during the game’s history in the 1980s.
They believed that playing the game could promote sanatinism or encourage cultism. The use of magic, fantasy, and supernatural creatures constitute the significant attributes that encouraged this belief.
However, many people believe that the game is not demonic because, in the book of Galatians 5:1, Christians have received freedom in Christ.
The perception of Dungeons and Dragons falls within the realm of personal freedom and choice for Christians, provided it is not used in a way that contradicts one’s faith.
Is it a sin to play Dungeons and Dragons?
Different Christian denominations and individuals may have varying ideas on this issue. It is widely believed that the creators of the game, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, were both very devout Christians, so the game always had Christian elements in it.
It is believed that the game was about good versus evil. Some individuals argue that they play Dungeons and Dragons games solely as entertainment, with no ethical or moral concerns.
Additionally, a common belief about the game is that the destructive nature lies in the person and not in the game. Many players believe the game’s use of magic and supernatural elements is part of its fictional narrative.
They believe playing it is not a sin and does not reflect their real-world Christian beliefs or practices.
Should Christian parents encourage their children to play Dungeons and Dragons?
Christian parents should first take time to understand the game, its themes, content, and mechanisms. After that, they can decide whether the game aligns with their Christian values and principles.
In 1 Corinthians 10:31, The Bible encourages believers to do everything for the glory of God. When considering activities such as playing the Dungeons and Dragons game, Christian parents should consider whether their children’s involvement aligns with this Biblical principle and whether it reflects positively on their faith.
While some believe this game helps develop their children’s critical thinking and story-telling abilities, Christian parents should consider their beliefs and convictions prayerfully.
What does the Catholic church think about dungeons and dragons?
A common and widespread belief of the Catholic Church’s teachings is its focus on matters of faith, morality, and spirituality over specific forms of entertainment or hobbies.
Many Catholic members believe that any concerns or opinions about the Dungeons and Dragons game held by individuals within the Catholic Church, including the clergy, would be based on their personal beliefs and interpretations.
Some Catholics asserted their enjoyment while playing. While many Catholics may see no conflict with their faith, others may have reservations or concerns about it.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:21, believers are encouraged to apply discernment and critical thinking to examine things as they are and not what they seem.
Some Catholics believe they can enjoy the game while remaining faithful to their Christian beliefs and values.
Is Dungeons and Dragons against Christianity?
Many people in modern Christian society believe that the Dungeons and Dragons game is not against Christianity. However, its use of magic raises concerns, among others, conflicting with Christian beliefs.
Some Christians believe it is essential to separate the game from any unfounded fears or stereotypes surrounding it. Additionally, most people believe that Dungeons and Dragons is against Christianity because of its occult activity theme.
While playing, individuals can avoid themes or content that conflicts with their faith or beliefs.
As a Christian, I have always been passionate about sharing God’s word with young people. This inspired me to pursue a Certificate in Christian Education, an Undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, and a Graduate degree in Theology. My knowledge in school and experience from dealing with the youth made me an expert at discussing Christian-related topics. I feel privileged working as the Coordinator of the Christian Youth Ministry at Christian Faith Guide. You can read more about me on the about us page.