This weekend, by coincidence rather than design, has been a Narnia-filled weekend. We listened to the first half of The Last Battle during breakfast Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon I read a book review of The Magician's Book by Laura Miller. Saturday night Mr. Edwards and I watched Prince Caspian. (Look at the beautiful Anna Popplewell as Susan. Don't you think that she will do a lot for the sport of archery?)
The book review is worth reading. The Magician's Book might have a different take on Narnia than you are used to seeing. So many of us either take for granted that Lewis told Christian truths through his stories that we assume everyone understands this. Meghan Cox Gurdon writes in her review:
The movie Prince Caspian was a lot of fun, but we won't be watching it as a family anytime soon. It is very intense and the evil creatures are too much to bear for our crew. Even the war movies we've seen recently haven't had the disturbing elements of Prince Caspian. Yes, it is a great adventure movie, but not one for our two-year-old and even our other three don't really need some of those scary images. Toby's had some nighttime fears lately and told us he's afraid of "monsters." We can't really imagine what might be feeding that fear, but we are certain that the monsters that populate Narnia (both good and evil) aren't the sort of images that would help him sleep at night!
For some, gaining the understanding that the lion-god Aslan is a stand-in for Jesus has come as a weird relief. It confirmed the quasi-religious stirrings we felt when we encountered the books the first time [as a child].
Others, such as Ms. Miller, have been outraged by what seems a betrayal, the smuggling-in of an agenda: "Of course, the self-sacrifice of Aslan to compensate for the treachery of Edmund was exactly like the crucifixion of Christ to pay off the sins of mankind! How could I have missed that?" she writes of the realization. "I felt angry and humiliated because I had been fooled."
Meanwhile, the kids are loving The Last Battle (we're listening to the Focus on the Family Radio Theater version). I'm in the middle of reading Revelation in my yearly Bible reading plan, which makes it even better.
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