In a recent interview posted on NarniaWeb.com, Douglas Gresham, stepson to C.S. Lewis and the man who's supposed to be holding the line on what his stepfather would have wanted, said he was "ambivalent" on changes made in "Voyage." But, he was presented with a choice of either accepting those changes or not having a film.
The Narnia films, he told Rhema FM, a New Zealand Christian radio station, "present a challenge, for me to put the material out there in an evenhanded and interesting way; and not to be, in a sense, narrow-minded about it, either narrow-minded in a faith way or narrow-minded in an agnostic way. I have to open my heart to what the stories are about."
Christian Web sites such as BullyPulpit.com have raised concerns about the filmmakers. For instance, executive producer Perry Moore is a gay activist and the author of "Hero," a 2007 book about the world's first gay teen superhero....
Neil wrote: Raw milk dairies need almost rabbinical care over bovine hygiene.
Continuing the aside, I like how you put that it sums up the hygiene need very well.
I appreciate that there are those who have medical need for / benefit from unpasteurized dairy products. However, the risks from bovine tuberculosis and E.coli etc are in danger of drastically outweighing the benefits.
Guinness, I do not condemn the genre myself, only caution that with symbolism comes the possibly of misunderstanding, and that Christians should not let such literature distract from the sufficiency of Scripture.
Thanks for the milk article. We can get raw milk in CA & here in AZ, but not cheaply, & these states regulate such dairies *very* closely (it is understandable given the scandals over tainted milk about a century ago). My wife finds raw milk more digestible. Raw milk dairies need almost rabbinical care over bovine hygiene.
I love how Fundies use beer & cigarettes as a sort of spiritual touchstone. I have to wonder what they think of those who, like the Puritans, lived before Pasteur. Horrors! Perhaps the KJV translators drank port, ale, or mead.
If it's entertainment you want, go ahead & read Lewis or Tolkien, but if it's the Gospel, read Scripture, as Hranek said below. It's quite clear for those with open minds.
Michael Hranek wrote: Respectfully to all you Narnia and C.S. Lewis fans What if C.S. Lewis was wrong? I mean wrong to write in my words a Christianized fable and actually presented the Lord Jesus Christ quite different than how God Himself identifies and reveals Him to us in the Bible?
Well... Was C.S. Lewis a strong Bible believer? By no means, as even Christianity Today admits. â€śClive Staples Lewis was anything but a classic evangelical, socially or theologically. He smoked cigarettes and a pipe, and he regularly visited pubs to drink beer with friends. Though he shared basic Christian beliefs with evangelicals, he didnâ€™t subscribe to biblical inerrancy or penal substitution. He believed in purgatory and baptismal regenerationâ€ť (â€śC.S. Lewis Superstar,â€ť Christianity Today, Dec. 2005).
Respectfully to all you Narnia and C.S. Lewis fans
What if C.S. Lewis was wrong?
I mean wrong to write in my words a Christianized fable and actually presented the Lord Jesus Christ quite different than how God Himself identifies and reveals Him to us in the Bible?
It has been an interesting obervation to me that both some calling themselves 'evangelical' and Roman Catholics both enjoy and if I can use the word 'idolize' C.S. Lewis as a great Christian writer. But what if he wasn't? What if his 'children's stories' actually lead people to a different Jesus and a different but popular and worldly acceptable gospel?
I've yet to find an individual with any genuine testimony of how Narnia led them to read the Bible for themself and how they were brought under such conviction they repented of sin and cried out to Jesus Christ to be saved from it.
So the obvious thing to do when faced with the choice of "accepting those changes or not having a film" is to cave in, compromise, and take the money. Yeah.
Let's translate: "I have to open my heart to what the stories are about." This means there were enough zeroes on the check that integrity was beside the point.
In a few years, this guy Gresham is going to be sad, because he's going to have compromised everything he stands for and will have nothing to show for it when Hollywood Accounting gets through with these movies and he finds out he will make no money at all because the films will have lost money on paper, even though Hollywood will be having another record-breaking year at the box office.
He ought to go back and read about being wise as serpents and harmless as doves.