“We haven’t let anyone take us in.”

“We haven’t let anyone take us in.” March 13, 2020

 

King's College, Cambridge
The famous chapel of King’s College, Cambridge.  After years of study and teaching at Oxford, C.S. Lewis finished up his academic career as a professor at the University of Cambridge.  
(Wikimedia Commons public domain photograph)

 

Occasionally, when I’m reading online comments from some of the more embittered, alienated, cynical, and angry critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’m powerfully reminded of a passage from near the conclusion of The Last Battle, which is, itself, the final volume in C.S. Lewis’s wonderful series “The Chronicles of Narnia”:

 

Aslan raised his head and shook his mane.  Instantly a glorious feast appeared on the Dwarfs’ knees: pies and tongues and pigeons and trifles and ices, and each Dwarf had a goblet of good wine in his right hand.  But it wasn’t much use.  They began eating and drinkung greedily enough, but it was clear that they couldn’t taste it properly.  They thought they were eating and drinking only the sort of things you might find in a stable.  One said he was trying to eat hay and another said he got a bit of an old turnip and a third said he’d found a raw cabbage leaf.  And they raised golden goblets of rich red wine to their lips and said “Ugh! Fancy drinking dirty water out of a trough that a donkey’s been at!  Never thought we’d come to this.”  But very soon every Dwarf began suspecting that every other Dwarf had found something nicer than he had, and they started grabbing and snatching, and went on to quarreling, till in a few minutes there was a free fight and all the good food was smeared on their faces and clothes or trodden under foot. But when at last they sat down to nurse their black eyes and their bleeding noses, they all said:

“Well, at any rate there’s no Humbug here. We haven’t let anyone take us in. The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs.”

“You see,” said Aslan. “They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.”

 

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I know, I know.  In some ways, it could scarcely come out at a more difficult time.  Are people going to movies, still?

 

“Why “Heart of Africa” will Grab Your Heart”

 

I haven’t seen it yet, but I look forward to doing so.

 

 


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