I have a confession to make – I don’t love the writings of C.S. Lewis. Don’t get me wrong, his non-fiction books are deep and meaningful. But I never made it any farther than the second book of the Narnia series, in part because his writing style is just not that catchy to me, and in part because I just don’t like fantasy that much.
But a couple weeks ago on my drive home, I discovered that Focus on the Family has a 30 minute radio show that is going through the Narnia stories in a radio drama. And I must say, I have been really enjoying the radio drama and the story, despite the lame voice work on Aslan.
What prompted me to post on it, however, was its relevance to the whole creation/evolution debate, as well as the whole debate about spiritual truth.
In one scene, Aslan (who represents Jesus/God) is present, but the Dwarves can’t see him. One of the protagonists asks Aslan if there is anything He can do. He tells them that some things He can do, and some He can’t, and proceeds to show them. In an instant, he makes a golden goblet of wine appear in each Dwarf’s hand, and a banquet of food in a plate before each one. But as they start eating, they complain about how awful the dirty water is that they have to drink, and how the pig slop isn’t even food.
The point is, even when given the finest food (truth), they revile it and can’t taste it, and Aslan says something really interesting. My paraphrase from memory:
They are prisoners in their own minds because they have chosen cunning instead of faith. Being afraid of being taken in, they can not be taken out of their prison (by anyone).