Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ridiculous, to put it nicely
Avowed atheist author Philip Pullman has now weighed in on the beloved children's classic series of books The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S. Lewis' 7-book series began with the tale The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and this December, the Disney company will be releasing the movie of the same title.

The books have been cherished by readers for 50 years. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe appears on numerous lists of the top-100 books of the 20th century, or on lists of the top 100 novels OF ALL TIME. The books contain elements of Christian allegory.

However, with all the publicity over the new Narnia movie, people like Pullman become critical. (Scroll down to the end of that link to see what readers think of his statement.) He claims he does not object to the Christian overtones of the story, but to the lack of "Christian charity" in the books.

Yet again, here is a perfect example of someone who is not a Christian, and in fact is an avowed atheist, who is purporting to understand Christian doctrine. And his "understanding" is that Christianity is all about being nice. In other words, Christianity is about tolerance. Sorry, Philip, but you've got it wrong.

Apparently, in his view, it wasn't very nice for good to triumph over evil in these stories. And it wasn't very nice for Aslan (the Christ figure) to lay down his life to destroy evil, save the children, and redeem the world.

1 comment:

  1. Dude, you nailed it. I've read the Pullman "His Dark Materials" trilogy and it is nothing but atheistic propaganda. It is puzzling when these unbelievers think they understand our faith better than we do.

    They take a caricature of Christianity - which as you say is really just nice-ianity - and hold us up to their self-generated standards.