Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Narnia, C.S. Lewis & Christmas

I'll be blogging over at Month for the rest of December, but thought this cultural commentary somehow fit over here.

Laura Miller discusses reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe every Christmas season, then offers some interesting (non-Christian) insights into the literary Narnia and how its theme of love is what best epitomizes Christmas. Hmmm. Anyone see a pattern here?

"The unifying principle of Narnia, unlike the vast complex of invented history behind Middle-earth, isn’t an illusion of authenticity or purity. Rather, what binds all the elements of Lewis’s fantasy together is something more like love. Narnia consists of every story, legend, myth or image — pagan or Christian — that moved the author over the course of his life. Our contemporary, semi-secular Christmas is similarly a collection of everything yearned for: warmth, plenty, peace, family, conviviality."

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