Watkins on Pullman’s intolerance, Narnia’s flaws

Tony Watkins has just published a short but sharp perspective on the tension between Phillip Pullman’s perspective and work, and C.S. Lewis’s perspective and work.

Philip Pullman’s hostility towards The Chronicles of Narnia is a very strong reaction to a mere story, even if it is perhaps over-revered by some. Yes, Lewis’s work contains some serious flaws, but the real problem seems to be that it is a story which expresses and argues for a worldview completely antithetical to Pullman’s. Sadly, his ‘paroxysm of loathing’ … feels distinctly intolerant.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • sg

    I like it, but then I loved Funeral too, so i would like it.

  • Brett

    Watkins asks one question which I think has an automatic snappy (but true) answer:

    “Indeed, the outspokenness of Pullman’s comments has made him something of a hostage to fortune: how will his own works be read fifty years on?”

    They won’t.


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