Greg Wolfe on "Why the Inklings Aren’t Enough"

In the new issue of Image, editor Greg Wolfe writes about the problem of Christian veneration of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. ...it has often been noted that the two Oxford dons at the center of the famous literary group known as the Inklings — C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien — would be appalled by the virtual canonization that has been conferred on them by adoring fans. What concerns me, however, is not so much the tendency of many Christians to treat these two writers as saints, as … [Read more...]

What’s Narnia about? Tilda Swinton tells us it’s "anti-religious."

Tilda Swinton tells Christians they're "welcome" to Narnia and what it means. And what does it mean? That good and evil should exist together in balance. That righteousness is a dangerous idea. That the White Witch isn't a threat to Narnia... she is Narnia. And that the story is about the children finding strength in themselves, not in God. Further, she's apparently unsure whether there is evil in the world. "The Christians are welcome," [Swinton] says, with composed irony. "As … [Read more...]

Ebert on Narnia: Wrong, and Right

UPDATE: Ebert has corrected his mistake! Here's the earlier post... The vigilant Mark Shea notes Ebert's big error: Here's the first sentence of his review of Narnia: C. S. Lewis, who wrote the Narnia books, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote the Ring trilogy, were friends who taught at Oxford at the same time, were pipe smokers, drank in the same pub, took Christianity seriously and hated each other's fantasy worlds. Here is Lewis, displaying his hatred of Tolkien's fantasy: Such a … [Read more...]

The Chronicle of Higher Education knocks down Phillip Pullman’s slanderous protests against C.S. Lewis and Narnia

Story here. In articles, interviews, and speeches, Pullman has described The Chronicles not just as "propaganda in the cause of the religion [Lewis] believed in," but also as guilty of advancing views such as, "Death is better than life; boys are better than girls; light-colored people are better than dark-colored people; and so on." And those are just Pullman's G-rated charges. He also has blasted The Chronicles in public forums as "one of the most ugly and poisonous things I've ever read," … [Read more...]

Specials: PTC on Potter. GetReligion on Lewis. Apostrophes.

Thursday's specials: DEFENDING LEWIS Hooray for GetReligion, as they expose the bloodthirsty journalists trying to get their knives into C.S. Lewis. I'm confident that the "deeper magic" of Lewis's stories will rise up and conquer character assassinations. DEFENDING POTTER You've seen my review at Looking Closer's movie page. Now here's Chattaways' review. Sounds like we agree on most things. We'll continue to defend the boy against those Christian film critics who continue to condemn … [Read more...]

Specials: GetReligion on a Republican Conspiracy in Narnia

It's Narnia day at Looking Closer. The first of many to come, I'm sure. Don't miss GetReligion's great blog entry on how a non-story is becoming a big story... Warning! Children reading classic books! And by the way... a follow-up note to my previous post about Philip Pullman's claim* that The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is devoid of any Christian virtue. *(How Pullman can say that with a straight face utterly astounds me -- I've always been a bit frustrated with the overly … [Read more...]

Would C.S. Lewis love "Serenity"?

Would C.S. Lewis love "Serenity"? Is there a connection between Captain Malcolm Reynolds and Ransom? Bruce Edwards thinks so, and tells us why. … [Read more...]

I Have Seen Aslan.

Saw the first full-length trailer for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at Biola's Media Conference. Twice. That's how much the crowd loved it. Can't say more at this point, except that all of the main characters get their close-ups, and it's all colorful, vivid, and kaleidoscopic. New Zealand is, surprise, awe-inspiring. The big breaking news concerning this though is that Bryan Cox is not going to be the voice of Aslan. Got this straight from the head of Disney voice casting. Cox … [Read more...]

Where will you be the first week of August?

You might want to consider this. … [Read more...]

Jeff Berryman Plays C.S. Lewis

Jeff Berryman is not just a fine novelist. He's one of my favorite actors. And right now, you can catch him playing the role of C.S. Lewis on stage in Seattle at Taproot Theatre... … [Read more...]


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