I started playing Dungeons and Dragons when I was in middle school way back in the early 1980s. I was also a regular attendee at Piney Grove Baptist Church; which at the time was a cute little “fire and brimstone” Southern Baptist church in Cobb County, Georgia.
Turns out, that in addition to “rock and roll” and beer, playing D&D was somewhat frowned upon back then (and from what I’ve gathered from many of the comments you sent me in response to my video, it’s still occasionally frowned upon).
But why? Why would a fun, role-playing game like D&D end up in the cross-hairs of religious fanatics? Answer: they thought (and think) it’s “demonic” or “satanic.”
And believe it or not, I still get asked this question from time to time. So I thought I’d spend a few minutes explaining why Dungeons and Dragons is NOT demonic.
First, I’m not even sure what “demonic” actually means. I know that demons are fictional creatures, but I’m not sure what someone means when they call something else, “demonic.” For the purposes of this post, let’s just assume that “demonic” means some kind of bizarre devil worship.
Secondly and most importantly, the reason why Dungeons and Dragons is not demonic, is because there are no such things as demons!
Demons, like devils, gods, goblins, werewolves, vampires, and leprechauns, are creations of human imaginations. They have been drawn, written about, painted, and named, but they have never, ever been detected by anyone, anywhere at anytime. Zip.
So we can confidently say that in the absence of any evidence whatsoever that any of the aforementioned imaginary creatures are actually real, we can accept them for what they are: characters in stories.
Now, go play Dungeons and Dragons and have fun the way <insert your preferred deity> intended. 😉