There do seem to be rather a lot of people who forget that science fiction is fiction. Or worse: people who expect life to be like television.
C.S. Lewis warned us about that, years before anybody had a TV set.
Sometimes it’s not so easy to separate what you really know from what you’ve seen on TV or in a movie, or read in a novel.
And some of us don’t even try.
Puddleglum–theologian in training?
To boil it down all the way–C.S. Lewis was an atheist and could very easily have remained one all his life: so whatever quibbles we might have with his theology, however late he came to work in the Lord’s vineyard, he did the best he could.
If God requires of us more than that, we’re all in deep, deep trouble.
I was hoping to watch some BBC Narnia today, but now I have to go pick up a prescription for my cat.
Anyway, as I try to rest between books, I thought it might be edifying to revisit the question of whether fantasy can be profitably used in God’s service.
I really can’t blame readers who think fantasy is at best idle nonsense, and at worst, some kind of dalliance with the occult. But that can be said about anything, can’t it? There’s music that glorifies God, and there’s music that debases man and everything around him. When was the last time you heard somebody zoom down the road with a hymn playing on his car’s sound system?
So of course we can use fantasy in the service of the Kingdom: and the more who decide to try to do it, the better.
I received this insight a couple of days ago, and I just can’t let it go. I think it bears repeating. Then I’ll shut up about it.
What if everybody did everything that the Left says is good?
We would go extinct as a species.
Homosexuality and transgenderism–forget about “Be fruitful and multiply.” These pastimes are no way to give us a next generation.
Assisted suicide–do you really need to ask?
Abortion–guess what happens if every baby is aborted.
You can see it all builds toward human extinction. And who can possibly be for that, but Satan? And, of course, really Smart people who are completely deluded. For a refresher course along those lines, see That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis. It tells you everything you need to know about where those Real Smart People are at.
I do believe we ought to be stressing this: too many people don’t seem to be getting it.
Will we ever be rid of the sophomoric notion that only what’s ugly, mean, base, stupid, cruel, or evil is “real”? I was so sure C.S. Lewis totally debunked that in The Screwtape Letters, but then along came The Maze Runner.
From the Fallen World With a Big Fat Curse on It Publishing Co.
Time to wade back into the muck of the nooze. But first a thought for C.S. Lewis, servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Yes, we can use fantasy in His service!
I stumbled upon this article today and thought it would be good to share with you. It’s the last interview given by C.S. Lewis before he died, written by Sherwood Eliot Wirt for Decision Magazine, 1963 (http://www.cbn.com/special/Narnia/articles/ans_LewisLastInterviewA.aspx).
This is the quote by Lewis that jumped out at me.
“A great deal of what is being published by writers in the religious tradition is a scandal and is actually turning people away from the church. The liberal writers who are continually accommodating and whittling down the truth of the Gospel are responsible. I cannot understand how a man can appear in print claiming to disbelieve everything that he presupposes when he puts on the surplice. I feel it is a form of prostitution.”
He should see it now, fifty-plus years later.
Because our civilization has not yet forgotten how to preserve important things–liberals are working hard to erase them!–Lewis can still speak to us. His comments still have weight, and can still enlighten us. We can be in fellowship with him, as servants in the household of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
When the past speaks… listen.
It looks like my fears for the new Narnia movies were justified. Oh, well, they’re trying to move on from the train wreck now, we wish them luck…
Here’s something I’ll betcha didn’t know: there really was–and still is, sort of–a place called Narnia. It was, for almost 3,000 years, a town in Italy; and in 1870, its name was changed to “Narni” (http://www.narniainitaly.com/). It’s still there, perched up in the mountains.
We can be pretty sure C.S. Lewis knew all about it: he would have read Livy’s History of Rome. Because of its strong, defensible location, and not its size or wealth, Narnia was for a long time kind of an important place.
There is no record of fauns or talking animals having lived there, but I would rather not commit myself as to centaurs.
Now go out there and win a trivia contest.