20 November 2005

Narnia, Lord of the Rings and Christianity.

The Denver Post has a nice story summing up the religious undercurrents of the upcoming Chronicles of Narnia movie. I read and enjoyed all the books in elementary school and was completely oblivious to the religious allegory in them (despite having a Christian upbringing). Narnia is not the Veggie Tales (a children's series which is quite transparently comprised of Chrisitian allegory).

I also read the Lord of the Rings books (well, actually, I stalled part way through the Two Towers and then watched the movies when they came out), which are considerably darker than the Narnia series and aimed at an older audience. Their links to Christianity are far more ephemeral.

The lives of the authors is well documented. C.S. Lewis, the author of the Narnia series, was a Christian apologist whose work is still regularly read by Chrisitans in Denver today (I know a couple that met in a C.S. Lewis book group and went on to marry), and is still regularly cited in sermons. The non-Narnia part of the world draws very directly from his experiences in World War II (when he took in children fleeing the London blitz at his country estate).

Tolkien's work probably owes more to World Wars I and II, than to any Biblical epic, and also shows a striking familiarity with the scourge that is addition to drugs or alcohol, although I'm not familiar with any biographical data discussing Tolkien's familiarity with the later theme in his personal life. The two authors certainly knew and influenced each other.

Perhaps, we'd be better if we had Narnia but not the Bible. The Narnia books have worthwhile messages, but they don't pretend to be anything but fiction. As a result they tend to do more good than harm. The other literary collection called the Bible doesn't have such a good track record for doing the same.


Anonymous said...

So are you saying that the Bible isn't as worth reading because it doesn't please everyone for the most part? For a book to be worth reading does it has to be appealing and not offend? My friend, you right. The Bible can be offensive. It is offensive. It convicts the sinner of his ways and demands for him to surrender to the God who created him. The carnal man will never accept such a book that doesn't agree with what he purposes in life. As Hebrews 4:12 states,... the word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. These worthwhile messages,can you find them in the Bible? You most certainly can.You can't accept one part and not accept the other.

Andrew Oh-Willeke said...

I am saying that neither Narnia nor the Bible are true, but that at least people know that Narnia isn't true, while some idiots like you think that the Bible is true.