Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is all the buzz everywhere as of late. It might be an issue of culture, personal taste or just plain ignorance on my part, but I'm not the least bit excited about this book or the movie. In fact, I’m kind of creeped out. It seems to have the feel of Harry Potter, and the Hobbit meets the New Testament Bible. I haven't seen the movie, nor am I familiar with the book. But apparently the story is a classic. It’s being heavily promoted at the Christian book stores, as well as at my son's private Christian school. Aslan, one of the main characters, is a symbolic representation of Jesus Christ. Nothing wrong with that, or is it? But, I mean, if I want to teach my son Christian values, what's wrong with good old fashioned Bible stories sans any British-accented Hobbits, White Witches and talking lions?


The Archivist said...

Um... I remember only two times in the Chronicles of Narnia that it ever specifically stated something that may have been a link between Aslan/Jesus Christ.

And no, I'm not talking the killing of Aslan in Edmund's stead and what transpired after.

rindambyers said...

Oh, Don! Big, BIG topic here. I have read the Narnia books since they first came out (I got the luxury of reading FIRST editions!)at around age nine or so and have loved them dearly. I can, in fact, quote parts of the stories.

There is one HUGE difference peoople seem to forget between the Narnia books and the Lord of the Rings books and the Harry Potter books--the Harry Potter books are written by an agnostic, who attends church but who has no professed personal belief in anything supernatural; it's all just "fantasy," including her books and anything else that has supernatural entities in them, including any faith that others might have, in which they believe in and order their lives by the things unseen but believed in, good or bad; The Narnia books and the Lord of the Rings books were written by devout christian believers, people who truly believed in God and in good and evil and in Christ, the Savior and who so ordered their own personal lives. There is a huge, huge differences in the metaphysics/theology of their books from the Harry Potter books if anyone cares to study it. Of course, just remember that I grew up on the mission field, where almost everyone around me truly believed in demons and evil spirits and were terribly afraid of these things and so ordered their lives according to their beliefs with constant ceaseless rituals done in fear with trying to placate these beings. We forget that, wehther or not we think somethign is real, when other people act and live as though these things are real, there are real consequences of such behaviors in the real world. C. S. Lewis understood this very well, in particular. But I digress..

I also grew up with far more Bible stories than most folks my age, and I love them dearly as well. And I do think most bible story picturebooks I've are really tatty stuff compared to the original stories. But of cousre, Bible stories were NEVER boring for us children either, when I was a child, and we certainly didn't need pictures to keep our interest in them. Not with my father telling the stories! He tended to leave in the accurate and often gory details!

ManNMotion said...

Wow, Rinda's comment was pretty good. I remember finding out about The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe because there was a cartoon movie that came out, which I somehow missed (I think we didn't have a TV or electricity at the time or something). Anyhow, they had the books in the school library so I started checking them out. Thing was, the stories were written in order, but I could never find the one I wanted so I read them out of order, and I'm not sure I ever read them all. But I know that, as a 7th or 8th grader, I loved them. And I didn't even know at the time about the religious relationship. So yeah, as a grown up, I went out and bought the series.

But, that said, I see your point about teaching from the Bible vs. fictional stories. I'd say there's no substitute for the Bible, but when it's story time, Narnia isn't bad. It's a lot better than the latest Lil Kim song they'll hear on the radio.

ShellyP said...

I read "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" a looong time ago. All I remember was that it became a personal favorite. I had no clue about any religious references I just loved the book. I've been meaning to read it again with my "grown-up" eyes.

Anonymous said...

I would just like to say that just because the BOOKS of Narnia where written from Lewis, trying to incorporate biblical themes does NOT mean that there are evil intentions inside the movies. I have personally SEEN two doors materialize out of the movie, portals for our consious mind to open our imagination (dream mind) to enter. There are just about the same doors in the Hary Potter movies that like to materialize too. Christains who think this stuff is harmless, I laugh at you. You don't even know what your watching or doing because you are unknowleged of the spirit realm. The truth is that Hary Potter and The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe have the same doorways into the spirit realm and you never know if your kids are opening the doors while you are blind to them. Open your eyes and pay more attention.

From - Neo