Move over, Harry Potter; there’s a new icon in magical fantasy entertainment, and her name is Sabrina. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS), a Netflix series now in its second season (April 2019), has fast become one of the most popular shows on TV, ranked second behind the recently ended HBO series Game of Thrones. Based on the Archie comics of the same name by Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa, this companion series to Riverdale (TV show) is set in the nearby town of Greendale. These Chilling Adventures are a macabre satanic horror story subjecting audiences to a glut of most everything occultism has to offer. CAOS is loosely tied to Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003), but whereas the older series was a campy situation comedy, this show is dark. CAOS centers around the lives of explicitly Satan-worshipping witches and warlocks gathering as the Church of Night, learning satanic law, casting spells, performing unholy rituals, offering animal sacrifices, and chanting blasphemies such as “Hail Satan” in hopes of summoning Satan himself. Are all horror films and television shows off limits for Christians? How do we exercise discernment in what we watch? Why does pop culture have a fascination with the occult?
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