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‘C.S. Lewis and the Deplorable Word’ (2016)

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“If I can’t rule the world, then there won’t be a world!”

Having lived through two world wars, C.S. Lewis understood the temptations of nihilism and the rage of those who reached for absolute power but couldn’t grasp it. He wrote about it several times–in The Chronicles of Narnia and in That Hideous Strength are two examples that come to mind.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/01/03/c-s-lewis-and-the-deplorable-word/

Go ahead–tell me we don’t have politicians and “leaders” today who’d just as soon destroy the world, if they’re not allowed to rule it.

But God won’t let them.


‘My Enhanced Bio’ (2015)

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You name it, I’ve been there

I’ve been saving this post for a time when something just has to be done to pump up this blog’s readership; and that time is now.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/09/04/my-enhanced-bio/

You may think that this is all of my biography. You’d be wrong! I can invent more as needed. If certain presidential candidates can do it, then why not me?

I’d just like to think I do it better.


‘A Brief Defense of C.S. Lewis and Narnia’ (2015)

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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.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/11/21/a-brief-defense-of-c-s-lewis-and-narnia/

If God requires of us more than that, we’re all in deep, deep trouble.


‘A Brief Defense of C.S. Lewis (and Narnia)’ (2015)

Time to wade back into the muck of the nooze. But first a thought for C.S. Lewis, servant of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

https://leeduigon.com/2015/11/21/a-brief-defense-of-c-s-lewis-and-narnia/

Yes, we can use fantasy in His service!


Our Top Posts of 2017

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We’re off to a very slow start here for 2018, so let’s take a few minutes to see what were the top posts of the year.

No. 1, way out in front with 964 views, The BBC’s Old ‘Narnia’ Was Better Than the Movies. That was posted several years ago, and it’s still going strong, still the all-time favorite post on this blog.

No. 2, with 726, from 2015, Did the Queen Really Say It? No one is able to find this legendary on-camera speech by Queen Elizabeth in which she supposedly suggested that 2015 would be the last Christmas ever, meanwhile admitting that the Royal Family had Princess Diana bumped off because “she knew too much.” This goofy item never goes away. We’ve had two more Christmases since then, so go figure.

For 2017 itself, the most-viewed post was Antifa Calls for Nov. 4 ‘Revolution’–a scheme which totally fizzled out, causing Antifa’s credibility to take a major dive.

And No. 2 for 2017, posted Oct. 13 and garnering 113 views so far, The Leaven of Idiocy, in which a bona fide gynecologist mentioned “pregnant people,” as if somewhere out there, she’d encountered a pregnant man or two.

I don’t know if this is going to work at all, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, so I might as well ask you, the readers, to name your favorite posts this year: anything that might have stuck in your memory for good or ill. It would interest me to know this, and it just might interest some of you. I won’t mind if it turns out to be a cat video, a Joe Collidge post, or an installment of Oy, Rodney. It doesn’t have to be a news item, and I’ll be kind of surprised if it is.


‘Are We in Narnia Yet?’ (2011)

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…

https://leeduigon.com/2010/12/12/are-we-in-narnia-yet/


The Real Narnia

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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.


Christianity is Wild

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The thing you have to remember about Aslan–who symbolizes Jesus Christ in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia–is the oft-repeated warning, “He’s not a tame lion.”

And Christianity is not a tame religion.

Do you ever wonder why the Romans tried to hard, for so long, to wipe out Christianity? After all, they tolerated other religions. Could it be they were afraid of Christianity?

Well, if they weren’t, they should’ve been. Because we Christians, if we take our faith at all seriously and try to be conformed to God’s Word rather than to the ways of this world, are crazy. Really. We are out to lunch.

We believe in an almighty God, in fact the only God, who loved the world so much, He sent His only begotten Son down from Heaven to be born as a baby, live as a man, keep the holy Law without committing a single sin, to be brutally murdered on the cross as atonement for our sins–who then rose from the dead, as He said He would, ascended into Heaven, and will surely come again: because it is His divine right to rule over all Creation.

He also walked on water.

And He has absolute authority. He has it–not the state, not Science. He has it, and only He. Jesus Christ the King of Kings, who was and is and is to be.

Could anything be more counter-cultural? Really, is this tame or wild? And all that stuff about salvation and eternal life, forgiveness of sins, miracles–oh, come on! miracles?–by all the standards of our worldly wisdom, this, as St. Paul said, is foolishness. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18).

O Lord our God, help us to embrace our wildness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.


‘Aslan’s Theme’ (from BBC’s ‘Narnia’)

Aah! Here’s a piece of music that never fails to soothe my spirit. It’s the theme music, by Geoffrey Burgon, from the BBC Chronicles of Narnia, produced in the 1980s and still wonderful today.

If I can get to Narnia, I reckon I’m right on the road to Beulah Land. I think C.S. Lewis would understand my saying that. In fact, I think that’s why he wrote the Chronicles–to get us (and himself!) fairly started on that journey.

God has given to some the ability to create beauty, to stir souls, to speak to hearts. He gave C.S. Lewis a goodly share of it.


The Liberal Chronicle of Narnia: ‘The Earth Priestess Brings Social Justice to the Workers’

Hundreds of writers have tried to imitate C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. This is the latest effort.

The “Earth Priestess,” as you may have guessed, is really the White Witch, come back to Narnia to liberate its oppressed minorities from the religious hegemony of Aslan, the Lion. The book is to be published by the Democrat National Committee.

“If you can’t beat ’em, cheat ’em,” said DNC factotum Bill Z. Bubb. He neither confirms nor denies that the author, “Iso Smart,” is cover for the writing team of Al Gore, Chelsea Clinton, and a couple of space aliens.

In this Chronicle, the White Witch overthrows Aslan by exposing him as a transphobic, Islamophobic, micro-aggressing biggit, and the Minority Peoples of Narnia rise up and banish him to the wild wastes of Flyover Country. There is much about this edition of the White Witch that strongly resembles Hillary Clinton: like, for instance, the power her voice has to etch glass.

Mr. Gore was asked how he found the time and inspiration to write a fantasy (if indeed he did write this), when he’s been so busy with the release of his other fantasy–oops, sorry: I mean his non-fiction book–It Would Be Just So Cool to Take All Our Orders from Brussels, co-authored with John Kerry. “I’ve always wanted to improve on Narnia,” he said, “especially in regard to Saving the Planet and promoting feminism and alternative families. I’ve always felt the White Witch–and of course she’s not a witch, that’s just a label that biggits throw around–was the most admirable character in all those books. She represents the female spirituality of The Planet, with Social Justice for all.”

Mind-numbingly creative, The Earth Priestess Brings Social Justice to the Workers comes up with truly unexpected twists–like Dwarf Lives Matter, making the Marsh-Wiggles pay their fair share of taxes, and forcing Centaurs to perform gender re-assignment surgery, to name a few.

Lewis’ Pevensey children having all died in his last Narnia Chronicle, The Last Battle, The Earth Priestess introduces a new group of children from our world–Shawonka, Hussein, Wu Wei Shu, and Glyptodonna, whose two dads are busy campaigning for More Gay Rights. “We explore what American families will look like after one more of our people serves as president,” says Bill Z. Bubb.

All proceeds from the sale of The Earth Priestess Brings Social Justice to the Workers will go to the Clinton Foundation.


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