A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most frequently banned books in the United States. Although the book won the Newbery Medal in 1963 for excellence in children’s literature many adults and especially conservative Christians thought the novel’s themes were not appropriate for children.
Two of the most controversial facets of the book was its perceived nods toward universalism — at one point Jesus is listed alongside Buddha, Gandhi, and others as those who fought the powers of darkness in the world — and the inclusion of a tongue-in-cheek character called the Happy Medium, who critics took as a commendation of sorcery or the occult.
The novel, released earlier this year as a feature film by Ava Du Vernay and starring Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, is not as controversial today as it was in the decades immediately after its release, likely due to the waning influence of the sort of conservative Christianity that took offense to it.
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