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  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/23/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 55 replies
    Grace Guy ^ | 1997 | Yancey
    During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods' appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. "What's the rumpus about?" he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity's unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, "Oh, that's easy. It's grace." After some discussion, the conferees had to agree....
  • Evangelicals and Hollywood Muck

    01/06/2014 5:20:33 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 48 replies
    Gospel Coalition ^ | January 6, 2013 | Trevin Wax
    I grew up in a fundamentalist environment. The church I was baptized in believed it was inappropriate for Christians to go to a movie theater. To this day, my grandparents maintain this standard as a bulwark against worldliness. The library at my Christian school had a variety of books for children, sanitized for Christian consumption. Encyclopedia Brown made the cut, but all the “goshes” and “gee whizzes” were marked out with a heavy black pen. No second-hand cursing allowed. Films without anything objectionable were allowed at school, but looking back, I see how this analysis was applied simplistically. I still...
  • Why Liberalism Is On The Wrong Side Of History

    12/03/2013 4:01:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | John Hawkins
    "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." -- C.S. Lewis ”One of the overriding points of Liberal Fascism is that all of the totalitarian ‘isms’ of the left commit the fallacy of the category error. They all want the state to be something it cannot be. They passionately believe the government can love you, that the state can be your God or your church or your tribe or your parent or your village or all of these things at once. Conservatives occasionally make this mistake, libertarians never do, liberals...
  • C. S. Lewis: Jack the Giant-Killer

    11/25/2013 1:12:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/24/2013 | M. D. Aeschliman
    On November 22, 1963 — just 50 years ago today — three eminent men died: President John F. Kennedy and the writers Aldous Huxley (b. 1894) and C. S. Lewis (b. 1898). In 1982, the philosopher Peter Kreeft wrote a clever and valuable fictional “dialogue of the dead” among the three, imagining them meeting and conversing just after death in a purgatorial state — Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere beyond Death. The fortunes of the three figures’ reputations over the last half-century make for an interesting comparison. The young, handsome, glamorous Kennedy, brutally slain by a left-winger at...
  • Nov. 22, 1963: A look at the lives of JFK, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley

    11/24/2013 1:14:57 PM PST · by jocon307 · 12 replies
    Desert News (Tip o'the hat Ace of Spades) ^ | 11/21/2013 | Jackie Hicken
    Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but the day also marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of famed authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Test your knowledge of these three historical giants with this quiz.
  • A 'mere Christian'? Assessing C.S. Lewis after fifty years

    11/22/2013 6:19:20 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 22 Nov 2013 | Alister McGrath
    Few can have failed to notice that this day marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis (1898-1963). Throughout the summer, Lewis has featured prominently in literary festivals across the length and breadth of England. His home church - Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry, Oxford - arranged a modest celebration of the anniversary in September, and found themselves swamped by the public interest. ...
  • Why Narnia Still Matters

    11/23/2013 1:00:22 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 23 November 2013 | By Lev Grossman
    I have a funny sort of personal connection to C.S. Lewis, who died 50 years ago today. It’s through my mother: she was born in London and is just old enough to remember the Blitz, and like the Pevensie children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, she was sent to the countryside to escape the bombing. Unlike them ...
  • Another notable death of Nov. 22, 1963: C.S. Lewis

    11/22/2013 8:09:56 AM PST · by rhema · 22 replies
    Mpls. Star Tribune ^ | 11/22/13 | DAVID MATHIS
    He went quietly. It was very British. While the world’s attention turned to Dallas and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one Clive Staples Lewis breathed his last in Oxford just a week shy of his 65th birthday. Strangely enough, science-fictionist Aldous Huxley passed the same day. In one calendar square, three of the 20th century’s most influential figures were gone. It was Nov. 22, 1963. C.S. Lewis is known best for his series of seven short fiction books, the “Chronicles of Narnia,” which have sold more than 100 million copies in 40 languages. With three of the stories...
  • How the Sexual Revolution ruined friendship

    11/19/2013 6:41:46 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11-19-13 | Jonathon Van Maren
    Our 21st century cultural landscape is littered with the casualties of the Sexual Revolution, even though if you’ve been listening exclusively to its propaganda arms, the media and academia, you’re probably thinking the whole experiment has gone swimmingly. The No-Man’s land of the resulting Gender Wars is littered with dozens of new sexually transmitted diseases, brains saturated with increasingly twisted pornography, broken marriages, and shattered futures—but as long as slimy sleaze-mongers like Dan Savage get to write columns on how to incur fleeting physical pleasure, we’re all "free." Praise Third Wave Feminism and pass the condoms, I’ve got herpes to...
  • Kennedy, Huxley and Lewis

    11/14/2013 7:35:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 14, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Three famous men died on Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel "Brave New World," and Clive Staples Lewis. Of the three, it was Lewis who not only was the most influential of his time, but whose reach extends to these times and likely beyond. His many books continue to sell and the number of people whose lives have been changed by his writing expands each year. On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST... TO JOHN SHELBY SPONG With apologies to C.S. Lewis

    10/20/2013 2:42:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 10-14-13 | David W. Virtue
    With apologies to C.S. Lewis My dear Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters It's hard to fathom, even by our standards of non-compliance with the Other Side, what a marvelous catch this John Shelby Spong fellow has turned out to be. I doubt we could have created a more perfect model of apostasy and heresy all wrapped up in one man. For more than four decades, he has steadfastly aided and abetted our cause of disbelief. Atheists and skeptics are obvious sinners, but they are not a patch on a man who wears the cloth of his religion while defaming and declaiming...
  • The Lion’s World [Rowan Williams on Narnia]

    09/03/2013 5:07:59 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Englewood Review of Books ^ | 10 June 2013 | Peter Stevens
    Recently, while discussing the role of fictional stories in spiritual formation with my students, I found myself returning to the works of C.S. Lewis as an example. While I did not discuss The Chronicles of Narnia, I can undeniably say that the fictional works of Lewis have shaped me spiritually. From a young age, I have read and reread the Narnian stories. They have become a part of my spiritual formation and of many others as well. Lewis has had this effect on Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, as well. He also confesses to repeatedly reading and studying the...
  • Ulster inspiration of the magical land of Narnia

    07/09/2013 1:15:11 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Belfast News Letter ^ | 9 July 2013 | by Philip Bradfield
    A new book has been published which collects all CS Lewis’ references to his Ulster childhood and the possible role of such places in inspiring many of his greatest works. CS Lewis – And The Island Of His Birth, by Sandy Smith, lifts the lid on CS Lewis’ early life in Belfast and allows the reader to walk in Lewis’ footsteps on a journey that covers Belfast and Ireland north and south, encapsulating the places that many believe were the inspiration for some of his greatest works. Lewis mentioned parts of Northern Ireland at various times in his writing. “That...
  • SCREWTAPE PROPOSES AN EPISCOPAL TOAST (22)

    06/24/2013 7:41:32 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 6-18-13 | David W. Virtue
    My dear Wormwood, The collective heads of the Hades High Council is positively spinning with all the news of these foolish earthlings in their desire to find peace, harmony, love and "why can't we all get along" interfaith notions. Their compromises over pansexual behavior have to be one of the single greatest triumphs of the 21st Century. Our Father had to be dragged away from a round of bishop bashing just to hear the good news. Now that both the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have succumbed to the notion of civil partnerships while condemning gay marriage is of course...
  • Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis

    05/11/2013 12:12:17 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 178 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2013 | Matthew Schmitz
    Ayn Rand was no fan of C.S. Lewis. She called the famous apologist an “abysmal bastard,” a “monstrosity,” a “cheap, awful, miserable, touchy, social-meta­physical mediocrity,” a “pickpocket of concepts,” and a “God-damn, beaten mystic.” (I suspect Lewis would have particularly relished the last of these.) These insults and more can be found in her marginal notes on a copy of Lewis’ Abolition of Man, as printed in Ayn Rand’s Marginalia: Her critical comments on the writings of over 20 authors, edited by Robert Mayhew. Excerpts appear below, with Lewis’ writing (complete with Rand’s highlighting and underlining) on the left and...
  • Why 'Mere Christianity' Should Have Bombed (Knowing why it didn't helps us strengthen our witness)

    12/30/2012 6:15:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 12/27/2012 | John G. Stackhouse Jr
    Sixty years ago, London publisher Geoffrey Bles first released a revision of three sets of radio talks by an Oxford literature don. The book was called Mere Christianity, and there was nothing "mere" about it. A somewhat disjointed set of C. S. Lewis's views on a wide range of theological, philosophical, and ethical matters, the book became the most important and effective defense of the Christian faith in its century. As Mere Christianity (henceforth "MC") goes into its seventh decade of publishing success, rivaled still by no other apologetic, it's worth taking a look at its unlikely success. Why It...
  • C.S. Lewis and how the acceptance of "gay" sex leads to the eradication of friendship

    06/16/2012 9:32:41 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | June 14th, 2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    June 13, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When close friends are presented in film or literature today, the conclusion is often: ‘Oh, they are gay.’ One of the tragedies of our culture, in its vigorous acceptance of the homosexual agenda, is the corrosion of a true understanding of friendship. What is ‘Friendship’? Have we lost our concept of it? Today, Friendship is considered either mere casual companionship, or, if it is something deeper, a latent sexual urge. But traditionally, Friendship was neither of these things. In The Four Loves, novelist and philosopher C. S. Lewis describes Friendship as a love in its...
  • The Top 25 C.S. Lewis Quotes

    05/11/2012 3:20:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2012 | John Hawkins
    C.S. Lewis was one of the most brilliant writers who ever set pen to paper. He was an insightful thinker, had remarkable common sense, and there may not have been anyone in the last century who was a better writer about the Christian faith and the human condition. In honor of a great man, here are his 25 greatest quotes. 25) Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. 24) If anyone says that sex, in itself, is bad, Christianity contradicts him at once. But, of course, when people say,...
  • The Most Oppressive Tyranny

    04/24/2012 4:22:58 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-24-12 | The Looking Spoon
    A favorite quote from a great and brilliant man. Created for OMG! for America
  • Was C.S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon

    04/11/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    MormonInfo.org ^ | R. M. Sivulka
    Was C. S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon? If you would like for us to consider adding your comments here, please send an e-mail to Rob@MormonInfo.org. Many LDS writers have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis to the point of making him an "honorary member" of the LDS Church. A recent article stated, "Lewis wrote about the nature of God and how man's ultimate potential is to become like deity, something that seems to resonate with LDS audiences." To LDS, this means that we can become gods like our God is a God for us. In his book, The Mormon Faith: A...
  • Remarkable and Lesser Known Insights by CS Lewis on the Loss of Faith in the West

    03/10/2012 7:20:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/7/12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the lesser known and lesser read works of CS Lewis is his correspondence with Rev. Fr. Don Giovanni Calabria. Few indeed have read them since they were written in Latin. And though an English translation was published in 1998, I know few who have ever heard of these letters. The full collection of these letter is here: The Latin Letters of CS LewisIn these letters, there are some very important insights that CS Lewis offers for the loss of faith in Europe that was already well underway in the 1950s when the letters were exchanged. Indeed I would...
  • Since when did intellect and education become bad things?

    03/08/2012 1:16:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Hanford Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2012 | Kevin Horrigan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    As a card-carrying member of the media elite, it’s hard for me to say something nice about Newt Gingrich. But here it is: He doesn’t wear blue jeans in public. [SNIP of SNARK due to excerpt limit] For many Republican primary voters, the only thing worse than a regular elite is an intellectual elite or a media elite or especially a liberal intellectual media elite. [SNIP] More to the point, does the fact that a guy reads books and deals in ideas disqualify him? For many Americans, it does. Anti-intellectualism has been a consistent theme throughout American history. The political...
  • Tyranny from above...

    02/09/2012 9:01:20 AM PST · by dps.inspect · 11 replies
    Me
    C. S. Lewis, my favorite all time author, wrote of many things. He saw humanity for what it is, especially in light of humanity's creator and moral author. One of his observations regards the tyranny a government can be on its people, when they engage in the business of humanitarianism. Here he speaks of the tyranny of the nanny state... "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his...
  • Life spotted on Venus: Russian scientist

    01/22/2012 3:47:21 PM PST · by garjog · 64 replies
    Times of India ^ | Jan 21, 2012 | staff
    MOSCOW: Several objects resembling living beings were detected on photographs taken by a Russian landing probe in 1982 during a Venus mission, says an article published in the Solar System Research magazine. Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences published a research that analysed the photographs from the Venus mission made by a Soviet landing probe, Venus-13, in 1982. The photographs feature several objects, which Ksanfomaliti said, resembled a "disk", a "black flap" and a "scorpion".
  • Are Mormons Christian?

    10/12/2011 7:31:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 652 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2011 | Ken Connor
    "A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg - or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice. Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any...
  • Rising Atheism In America Puts 'Religious Right On The Defensive' [12%-20% Atheists!]

    10/02/2011 3:57:10 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies · 2+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 01, 2011 | Paul Harris
    Rising Atheism In America Puts 'Religious Right On The Defensive' High profile of faith-based politicians such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry masks a steady growth in secularism Paul Harris in New York 1 October 2011 About 400 people are preparing to gather for a conference in Hartford, Connecticut, to promote the end of religion in the US and their vision of a secular future for the country. Those travelling to the meeting will pass two huge roadside billboards displaying quotes from two of the country's most famous non-believers: Katharine Hepburn and Mark Twain. "Faith is believing what you know...
  • The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis distilled down in a short discussion.

    09/15/2011 7:20:20 AM PDT · by Neville Chamberlain · 17 replies
    Cliffs' Notes for conservatives. This isn't your child's C.S. Lewis. If you don't have time to read C.S. Lewis's book, The Abolition of Man, let us distill it down for you.
  • Will Barack Obama condemn Biden and Hoffa for calling Republicans 'barbarians' and 'SOBs'

    09/06/2011 8:29:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Telegraph ^ | September 5, 2011 | Toby Harnden, US Editor
    I enjoy political hardball as much as the next reporter. It’s barely concealed truth that campaign journalists, like the operatives we cover, love negative campaigning and revel in OTT insults and martial rhetoric. Even candidates often lapse into the language of “rip his throat out”, “tear his eyes out” or “drive a stake through her heart”. It’s no secret either that many Republicans despise Democrats with a passion and vice versa. Just as British MPs hide their contempt of their opponents by referring to them as “the honourable member’, American politicians have their own, albeit less formal, ways of masking...
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • Tosh.0 Meets CS Lewis

    03/06/2011 1:00:20 PM PST · by SeanG200 · 4 replies
    Religio Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 3-6-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    How would you rewrite, or should I say, add to CS Lewis’ examples after seeing this video? [Tosh.0 Video] These two men seem to be referring to not only the law as in the penal code/system… but they resolved this act with reference to some “fair standard” that is above the written law of man. IMHO that is. [....] "EVERY ONE HAS HEARD people quarreling. Sometimes it sounds funny and sometimes it sounds merely unpleasant; but however it sounds, I believe we can learn something very important from listening to the kinds of things they say. They say things like...
  • C.S Lewis said it best!....(vanity)

    01/03/2011 9:49:33 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 30 replies
    Monday January 3, 2010
    "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult....
  • On Palin's Reading List, C.S. Lewis

    12/20/2010 6:57:54 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Since Katie Couric first asked the question a couple of years back, journalists continue to pepper Sarah Palin with that classic ice-breaker: "So, what are you reading?" The subject came up again in a recent profile in the New York Times Magazine, and last week Barbara Walters returned to the question in interviewing Mrs. Palin as one of her "10 most fascinating people of 2010." In both interviews Mrs. Palin cited C.S. Lewis as a favorite author she looks to for inspiration. This prompted talk-show host and comedienne Joy Behar of "The View" to deride Mrs. Palin and her choice...
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

    12/17/2010 5:05:17 AM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 17 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 17, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    It is the third film installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series. The film begins in England, where Lucy and Edmund are staying with their “personality deficient” Uncle, Aunt, and trouble-maker, cousin Eustace. Eustace is very snotty, spoiled, loud, and hates his cousins. Eustace’s hatred for his cousins causes him to torment them. None too soon, when a painting of a ship on the wall starts “moving,” suddenly water starts filling up the room and Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are from that water, transported into the seas of Narnia. Upon arriving in Narnia, a very large, dragon shaped ship approaches...
  • Do "Progressives" Have An Intelligence Allergy?

    12/15/2010 7:19:26 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-15-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    This is actually worse than Liam Neeson's ridiculous take on his role in the Chronicles of Narnia. See the Hardball video where Richard Wolffe mocks Palin for reading C.S. Lewis embedded at the original post here or at YouTubeI'm not going to get into what a buffoon Matthews is (you all already know), but I'll let Neil Cavuto do it for me. I've been writing/blogging and engaged in political activities off and on for about 7 years now. Part of the job is to know and understand what the other side thinks. I've had a gut feeling about the...
  • Wolffe Howler: Brit “Political Analyst” As Dumb as Behar on C.S. Lewis

    12/14/2010 2:14:43 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 15 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 13, 2010 | David Forsmark
    Richard Wolffe is ubiquitous on MSNBC as a “political analyst.” Just what qualifies him a being such a general know-it-all is kind of a mystery, unless the provincials are just that impressed by a British accent. But when Wolffe’s Anglo-ness should have been an asset on Hardball Thursday night, he could not even identify one of the 20th Century’s monumental British thinkers, C.S. Lewis, as anything other than the author of “kids’ books.” Of course, he was in the MSNBC anything-Sarah-Palin-says-is-stupid default mode, and caught up in a allegedly hilarious bit of Palin Derangement Syndrome patter. WOLFFE: All “The...
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of Dawn Treader Debuts No. 1 at Box Office

    12/13/2010 9:57:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/13/2010 | Katherine Phan
    "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" debuted at the top of the box office this weekend. The third movie entry based on the beloved children novels by C.S. Lewis raked in $24.5 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters despite a weak start on Friday. In the latest Narnia movie, the two youngest Pevensies, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) journey back to the magical Kingdom along with their bratty cousin Eustace (Will Pouter). Led by King Caspian (Ben Barnes), the crew set out on a quest on the Dawn Treader to battle new threats to the...
  • Joy Behar, Narnia Numbskull

    12/11/2010 7:14:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/11/10 | Tim Graham
    On Thursday's edition of The View, Joy Behar displayed how little she knows Sarah Palin's favorite authors. As they discussed Palin's answer to Barbara Walters asking what she reads, and Walters said Palin reads C.S. Lewis for "divine inspiration," Behar asked "Aren't those children's books?" She wasn't joking, but she obviously liked the idea that Palin wasn't smart enough to read "adult books." The Narnia books aren't exactly Dr. Seuss. Behar isn't educated enough to know about his classic works of nonfiction in Christian apologetics, like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Review, spoiler alert)

    12/10/2010 2:02:46 PM PST · by paudio · 36 replies
    Focus on the family ^ | Dec 10, 2010 | Paul Asay
    Before this film, I think the cinematic Narnia series was a little like Lucy, looking enviously at big-sister Susan. Maybe it was trying too hard to be the next Lord of the Rings or aspire to Harry Potter-level success. It worked so hard to be literary and spectacular that, just maybe, it forgot what the Narnia books were at their core: children's stories. Meaningful stories, yes. Good stories, absolutely, filled with allegorical heft and layers of meaning … but at their core, they're meant to be fun. Dawn Treader found the fun. For two hours, I was engrossed in a...
  • New "Narnia" Film Stirs Religious Controversy [Aslan represents Mohammed too]

    12/10/2010 8:00:31 AM PST · by ZGuy · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/10 | Paul Bond
    The studios behind the new "Narnia" movie are walking a tightrope in their quest to promote the third film in the fantasy franchise to a Christian audience and to general moviegoers. But they also are going out of their way not to pigeonhole the film as something that will appeal just to the world's 2.2 billion Christians. Case in point is Liam Neeson, who voices Aslan, the resurrected lion in the upcoming film. The actor said at a news conference last week that his character doesn't necessarily represent Christ. That might be news to Lewis, though, who wrote the opposite...
  • Sarah Palin's Reading List: C.S. Lewis, Dean Karnazes, Newsmax, Wall Street Journal

    12/09/2010 1:05:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/09/2010 | Lauren Sher
    What newspapers do you read? It was the question that arguably did Sarah Palin the most harm during the 2008 election. When the Republican vice presidential candidate could not name for Katie Couric which magazines or papers she regularly read that informed her worldview, it fueled the perception among voters that she was not ready for national office. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Palin set the record straight. "I read anything and everything that I can get my hands on as I have since I was a little girl," Palin told Walters in an interview to air tonight on...
  • Even C.S. Lewis Can't Escape the Rot of Progressivism

    12/06/2010 6:55:42 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 12-6-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    Political correctness has now raised its head is what one would have thought a stronghold of traditional Christianity -- the work of C.S. Lewis. To be precise, the new film of his Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the best-selling "Narnia" series of children's books.The Dawn Treader is a revival of an old Irish form, the Immram, telling of a ship voyaging among islands, with the crew learning some lesson at each stopping place.The imaginary world of Narnia is, of course, under the rule of kings who acknowledge the rule of its Creator, the good lion Aslan, an attempt by Lewis...
  • Official Trailer for 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' Hits Web (3rd in Narnia Chronicles Series)

    06/19/2010 8:21:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 461+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2010 | Josh Kimball
    The first official trailer for the third movie installment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” made its public debut Thursday morning, giving fans a peak at what some thought wasn't going to be after Walt Disney Pictures abandoned ship. Released at midnight, the two-minute trailer for "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" beckons Narnia fans to “Return to Hope,” “Return to Magic,” and “Return to Narnia” five years after the first film hit theaters to positive reviews and box office success. “You have returned for a reason. Your adventure begins now,” says the series’ central character, Aslan, in the trailer. Also...
  • Bred in the bone? (Study suggests children have a sense of morality at a very young age)

    06/09/2010 6:20:24 AM PDT · by rhema · 186 replies · 294+ views
    WORLD ^ | June 19, 2010 | Janie B. Cheaney
    Years ago, when our daughter attended a church- sponsored preschool, we were invited to an informal meeting about parenting techniques. After orientation by the school director, we broke into discussion groups. The topic was discipline, a burning issue for preschool parents, swerving naturally to "How do we teach them right from wrong?" One father in our group apparently wanted to stir the pot. Early in the conversation he asked, "But how do we know what's right and wrong? Do those words have any meaning?" If he was hoping for a Socratic discussion he didn't get it, neither the first time...
  • Why There Is No Jewish Narnia

    05/03/2010 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 99 replies · 1,439+ views
    Jewish Review of Books ^ | MICHAEL WEINGRAD
    Although it might seem unlikely that anyone would wonder whether the author of The Lord of the Rings was Jewish, the Nazis took no chances. When the publishing firm of Ruetten & Loening was negotiating with J. R. R. Tolkien over a German translation of The Hobbit in 1938, they demanded that Tolkien provide written assurance that he was an Aryan. Tolkien chastised the publishers for “impertinent and irrelevant inquiries,” and—ever the professor of philology— lectured them on the proper meaning of the term: “As far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any...
  • Conservatism without The Righteousness of Almighty God is Bankrupt.

    04/21/2010 4:51:32 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 12 replies · 281+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 4/21/10 | DJP I.F.
    In the past five years - before our very eyes - we have seen the nearly complete erosion and virtual extinction of conservative policies and programs in US politics. It seems that The United States is increasingly becoming more like a secular socialist State than the Representative Republic of "In God We Trust" that it was founded upon. Our Judean-Christian heritage, morality and values do not dominate our culture and society as they once did. Another reality is that many have never known any other kind of society than what presently exists. Accountability, responsibility and virtue are “hisses and by-words”...
  • The Truth of The Perverts Destroying This Nation (Spoken long ago)

    04/02/2010 9:24:47 AM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 38 replies · 657+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 3/3/10 | self
    From C. S. Lewis: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but ................ those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
  • Science and the Demands of Virtue

    12/18/2009 12:54:55 PM PST · by bdeaner · 9 replies · 317+ views
    Catholic Education Resource Center ^ | 12/18/09 | Fr. Gregory Jensen
    Not only do the findings of science have moral implications, the actual work of scientific research presupposes that the researcher himself is a man of virtue. When scientific research is divorced from, or worse opposed to, the life of virtue it is not simply the research or the researcher that suffers but the whole human family. Take for example, the scandal surrounding the conduct of researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University in the UK. Whether or not the recently revealed emails and computer programs from undermine the theory of anthropological global warning (AGW), it is...
  • A(NOTHER) GRIEF OBSERVED

    10/25/2009 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 37 replies · 1,650+ views
    self ^ | 10/25/09 | Joe 6-pack
    “…For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. …”~W.B. Yeats First, my title is in no way intended to be a slight to C.S. Lewis, but rather a tribute and expression of gratitude for his many works that have profoundly influenced my intellectual and spiritual life these past years. Mimicry, it is said, is the sincerest form of flattery, and while I get the impression that Mr. Lewis was not particularly prone to vanity, I like to think he might be smiling down with the knowledge that my humble efforts here have grown out of thoughts and...
  • Chesterton and Lewis for Beginners

    07/24/2009 10:00:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 584+ views
    ic ^ | July 4, 2009 | David Mills
    Almost 75 years after the death of G. K. Chesterton and 45 years after the death of C. S. Lewis, millions continue to read them as guides and gurus. New readers will pick up a book, or even just an essay or two, and become lifelong fans and devotees. These portly, homely, undramatic men are still the bookish Christian's rock stars.   Their new readers, having become fans, excitedly look up the lists of their books -- and stop dead. There's just too much to read, and too little time, and some of those books look like slow going....
  • C. S. Lewis and Creation Science

    06/16/2009 1:19:31 PM PDT · by mnehring · 34 replies · 1,003+ views
    No doubt many of you have seen the new movie based on the Chronicles of Narnia. The movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is getting rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. Many churches are promoting the movie to its members. Although it is no secret, many young earth creationists who have enjoyed the movie probably do not realize that the author, C. S. Lewis, is an old earth creationist, who believed in evolution.1 Many people, including many young earth creationists, regard Lewis as one of the great theologians of the last century. For instance, a search of...