Saturday, December 10, 2005

Narnia and Christianity


Narnia represents everything that is most hateful about religion by Polly Toynbee.

I wish I didn't, but I'm kind of inclined to agree with her conclusion about the kind of Christianity Narnia represents, if it indeed represents one at all.

Prisoner of Narnia by Adam Gopnik makes an important point, "Yet a central point of the Gospel story is that Jesus is not the lion of the faith but the lamb of God, while his other symbolic animal is, specifically, the lowly and bedraggled donkey. The moral force of the Christian story is that the lions are all on the other side."

Of course, the kind of modern Christianity practiced by the theocratic right cares very little for what it actually in the Gospels and more how specific things from them can be used to build their rather un-Christian empire of fear.

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