Nearly a decade ago, Christian apologist Matt Slick wrote an article about Pokémon, explaining how the game could potentially be dangerous:
It conditions the child who plays the game into accepting occult and evolutionary principles. Haunter can hypnotize, eat a person’s dreams, and drain their energy. Abra reads minds. Kadabra emits negative energy that harms others. Gastly induces sleep. Gengar laughs at peoples’ fright. Nidoran uses poison. The Psychic type of Pokemon are among the strongest in the game. Charmander, Haunter, Ivysaur, Kadabra, and many more evolve. The children are taught to use these creatures to do their will by invoking colored energy cards, fights, and commands. Much of it is reminiscent of occult and eastern mysticism.
Sure. That’s a perfectly normal reaction to a harmless game with fictional characters…
But that’s not why I’m posting this. Recently, with the Pokémon Go phenomenon, people are finding Slick’s piece again — probably through Google — to the point where “it is now the number one viewed article” on his ministry’s website.
So what does he think about the new game? Is it as evil as its predecessors? Slick posted an update with his thoughts:
My daughter who, I just found out, plays Pokemon Go, told me it’s fun and that there are no occultic overtones associated with it. So, [I] downloaded the mobile phone app version of Pokémon and my daughter and I played it for 1/2 hour. So far, nothing occultic has surfaced in the new version. I’m going to continue my research.
How’s that for a response?
I played the game… and it was fun! But that can’t be true because I know it’s evil… So let me do some more research and I’ll get back to you. OMG, it’s a Snorlax!
I can save Slick some time: There’s nothing occultish to be found anywhere in the game. Just walk around, flick some PokéBalls in the right direction, and have some fun. People aren’t going to lose (or find) their faith because of this.