So who’s been to see Narnia? It seems some critics have found the storyline – a blatant allegory of Christianity – too religious, even for the current festive period. Well, that’s just too bad I say. It is afterall Christmas and if non-Christians choose to look beyond what is superficially an awesome cinematic experience and take issue with the key Christmas messages of human betrayal, love and selfless sacrifice, then that is indeed their prerogative. But I would also like to invite them to jolly well poke off and go join the band of comfortably-heeled PC retards who go about wishing folks Happy Holidays.
Regardless of our religious persuasion, we should understand that CS Lewis himself although not theologically trained was a well-respected Christian apologist – apologetics btw being the branch of Christian theology arguing for the soundness of its doctrines against the objections of unbelievers – and the chronicles of Narnia are simply a means for Lewis to dramatise his own conversion from atheism to Christianity and challenge non-believers in the format of an adventure story. Echoes of Lord of the Rings? Definitely. The man responsible for his conversion is none other that JRR Tolkien himself!
I was first introduced to Lewis’s essays by my uncle when I was in my teens. Cynical, doubting and the immodest owner of what was then a logical and strong analytical mind, I embraced the challenge of Christian apologetics in the same way I had tackled quadratic equations at school. For example, take the ontological question of God’s existence, which apparently can be proved by 4 simple axioms:
1. God is the greatest being, and nothing is greater than God.
2. God has to be real; to be imaginary means there’s something greater than God, therefore 1) cannot be true.
3. God is the ultimate creator. Consider cause and effect. Now, there cannot be an infinite number of creations. If something exists and if nothing cannot cause something, then it follows that something real must be the ultimate creator of life/universe – the first cause if you like, otherwise 2) cannot be true. (Incidentally, this little paradox is something that buddhists find difficult to come to terms with explain on the basis of kharma and reincarnation).
4. God must be the necessary being i.e. something that has always existed without a beginning. Since it is impossible for nothing to cause something, then it is necessary for something to always have been, otherwise 3) cannot be true.
Therefore God exists. QED. Oh, and Merry Christmas everyone!