For most of my life I've considered Zelda to be one of the few very popular pro-Christian games I had ever played. Its themes always seemed to echo Christian teachings, i.e. in Wind Waker Ganon was condemned because he had challenged the will of the gods for Hyrule, or an even better example would be in Majora's Mask, where Death itself seems to be conquered through the acts of the Gods (the Four Giants), without whom any good works Link manages to perform are either undone upon resetting the loop or amount to nothing if the Moon falls and Death takes the world. However, recently I listened to a podcast which pointed out that Zelda's Pantheon could simply be a second Gospel (as it isn't God or Christ that are doing these acts, but lesser "gods" comparable to idols.) Now I feel conflicted. I had always viewed them similarly to the Valar of Tolkien's works, but upon retrospection I realize that the Valar are good largely because that setting also possesses Eru, who is actually God.
So basically what I'm getting at is, I can no longer decide if I should be able to play Zelda in good conscience. Is it really just glorifying in idol worship? It is worth mentioning that I doubt any of the folk down at Nintendo actually want anyone to treat the Zelda gods as real, but should the games be played by a Christian if they glorify pantheism?
(Also I would like to thank Paeter for the video he did on Geeks and Spiritual Discipline. It helped motivate me to observe lent this month, which has been more helpful than I would have ever thought.)