Doug Greshm, as Matt mentioned, is in town. My brother passed on to me a story he heard from someone who attended a talk Greshm was giving at Mariner’s Church, which I will paraphrase here:

Questioning person: “How would you compare the upcoming Narnia films with the Lord of the Rings series?”
Greshm: “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is a superior film.”

I’m not saying it’s true, I’m just letting y’all know that he has gone on record as saying that Andrew Adamson is a better artist than Peter Jackson.

There’s only one way to find out!

T-minus 23 days and counting.

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Posted by Keith E. Buhler

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  1. Like some of you I am a big fan of C. S. Lewis so I thought you might be interested in the following story. Sadly, it is just a small microcosm of the larger onslaught against Christianity by secularists. No more “Merry Christmas”, “In God We Trust”, “Under God”, etc… Sometimes I wonder if we are living in the U.S.A. the land of the free or the land of communism or some Islamic State.
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    CARLSON: Welcome back. “The Passion of the Christ” was a huge box office hit. Odds are, “The Chronicles of Narnia,” based on the stories of influential Christian writer C.S. Lewis will do pretty well too, but the first book in the series is hitting some resistance.
    Americans United for the Separation of Church and State wants the state of Florida to stop pushing “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” in its state-wide reading contest. The group says the state should only permit nonreligious books in reading programs.
    Here to defend the group‘s position, executive director, Barry Lynn, who joins us live tonight from Denver, Colorado.
    Barry, thanks for coming on.
    BARRY LYNN, AMERICANS UNITED FOR THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE:
    Nice to be back.
    CARLSON: Thanks. So you spend your life fighting against religious fundamentalism, and here you find yourself trying to ban a book. You have become what you despise, have you not?
    LYNN: No, I have not, because I‘m not trying to censor this book. I‘m not trying to take “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” out of any library or classroom in the state of Florida.
    I‘m just trying to figure out why it was that Governor Jeb Bush chose this obviously Christian-themed book to be the sole book for his state-wide reading contest that goes from elementary to high school up to high school. All we were asking him to do this year was to come up with an alternative along with this book. I mean, it could have been the book you wrote, Tucker. That would have been an alternative.
    CARLSON: I think it would have helped sales. But look, you‘re trying
    so you‘re not trying to prevent kids from reading this book in the reading contest?
    LYNN: Absolutely not. I love this book. I‘m going to see the movie, but it is inappropriate for the state of Florida to use an obviously Christian themed book. C.S. Lewis, the guy who wrote…
    CARLSON: Wait a second.
    LYNN: … the book said that the whole purpose of the Narnia series was to discuss Christ.
    CARLSON: Well, as you know…
    LYNN: That‘s what he said.
    CARLSON: Hold on. Wait, wait, wait. Hold on. As you know, and I can tell you, as a book author, authors have all sorts of intentions that don‘t sort of permeate through the book and trickle down to the people who read the book.
    People have no idea why books are written, and in a lot of cases it doesn‘t matter. I had no idea this was a Christian allegory when I was little, any more than I knew “Scooby-Doo” was about smoking pot. I had no clue at all. So why do you expect kids to see this as an allegory?
    LYNN: Well, let me tell you what could have given you a clue. I‘m not blaming you for not having a clue. It‘s just that here is the Aslan the lion. He is the savior of this world called Narnia.
    But in order to be the savior of the world, he has to be tortured and die. Even though he could have prevented his own death, he chose not to do that. And then he is resurrected.
    And then we learn, just in case there needed to be a capper, that Aslan the lion is also the creator of the world of Narnia. I mean, how many more analogous elements to the Christ story do you need?
    CARLSON: C.S. Lewis, as I‘m sure you know, wrote a lot of pretty straight science fiction, “That Hideous Strength,” among other books, that were not at all, it seems to me, differently substantially from Narnia, the Narnia tales in that they were pretty straightforward. You could read them on a bunch of levels, and it was not at all obvious.
    Let me put it this way, any book about good and evil and the struggle between them can be read as a Christian allegory, as a religious book, and yet most of them aren‘t religious codes.
    LYNN: Yes, it could be, Tucker. Tucker, it could be, but of course, this has all the other elements of the Christ story that makes it a Christian book. And I think it does matter that C.S. Lewis knew that he was writing this for the purpose of getting this story, a familiar story, for children, as they were growing up. Now, look…
    CARLSON: What are you—what are you worried about? Tell me, what‘s your fear? What‘s going to happen to kids if they read this dangerous book that you want to essentially to burn?
    LYNN: It‘s not—it is not—I‘m not trying to burn.
    CARLSON: That was unfair, and I‘m joking.
    LYNN: I‘m not trying to torch it.
    CARLSON: OK.
    LYNN: Look, here‘s the problem. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, has a kind of faith-based solution to everything. He‘s got faith-based prisons. He‘s got all kinds of…
    CARLSON: He didn‘t write this book.
    LYNN: … school vouchers. No, but he had picked this book. I know that Jeb Bush knows the content of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” It‘s his brother, the president, who doesn‘t read books. Jeb Bush does read books.
    CARLSON: Don‘t you think—don‘t you…
    LYNN: He knows this is exactly a Christian book.
    CARLSON: Barry Lynn, Barry Lynn, you know for a fact that you are devaluing your own credibility by wasting your time and the money of your donors on something this silly. This is a totally secular book, except to those who choose to read it as a Christian novel. And being read by thousands of kids in the state of Florida hurts precisely no one. You can admit that.
    LYNN: No, let me tell you. If this—if this was the only thing that Jeb Bush did to suggest that he was pushing an agenda of Christianity onto school children in the state or the rest of the population in the state of Florida, one might say, “Well, it‘s just a small thing.” But it‘s part of a pattern.
    I know what Jeb Bush wants to do. He would like to turn that into an even more Christian state. This is one way you do it.
    CARLSON: OK.
    LYNN: You pick this book.
    CARLSON: You know—you know Jeb Bush‘s soul. We‘re going to have a new segment, maybe next week, what Jeb Bush really thinks?
    Barry Lynn, protecting your kids from “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Thanks a lot.
    LYNN: Thank you.

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  2. Barry Lynn is a frickin idiot.

    Out of curiosity, teleologist, what would you have said if Jeb Bush had chosen Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret?

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  3. I am not familiar with that book or the author. Do you have a point in suggesting that book?

    I am a Christian and therefore I have no problem with the promotion of Christian beliefs. However, I am cognizant of the fact that we live in a secular society and therefore any book that overtly promotes a particular religion is not appropriate in a public school. I don’t think Lewis’ book fall in that category, do you?

    Lastly, even in a secular society there should be some standard of morality and value. Unfortunately that opens another can of worms, because different worldviews supports different values and morality. For that reason I am a proponent of school vouchers to give the most freedom to most of the citizens.

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  4. Just checkin’. A lot of people who share your general sentiment (about secularism, communism, etc.) have been the ones banning books from public schools–for the opposite reason. Blume was, in fact, called a communist (among other things) because of the book’s frank discussion of sex.

    And no, I don’t think Lewis’s book is inherently religious to the secular reader, even though Christians can see the glaring, obvious parallels to Christian mythology. Lynn needs to take a deep breath, calm down, and shut up.

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