Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Julian Mann, Vicar of Oughtibridge in Sheffield, England, is a good blogger who makes strong points with an economy of words. He finds a significant theological flaw in the lastest film version of C.S. Lewis' work.

"...Eustace's penitence is downplayed. He apologises for being a 'sop', rendering his previous negativism a sin against the spirit of adventure, which he atoned for by his derring-do as a dragon.

The film's under-emphasis on the grace of salvation is therefore the context for the controversial comment by the actor who provides the voice of Aslan, Liam Neeson:

'Aslan symbolises a Christlike figure, but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.'

Who unlike Jesus Christ taught salvation by works."

I've not seen the film nor am I as conversant in the Narnia details as some of my fellow Christians. But if CC is correct, the movie gets into just the kind of fudging that misdirects many a preacher and steers their churches into trouble.


JC Fremont said...

Your analysis that the film is just *off* enough to mislead people is undoubtedly correct. But, then, Hollywood and its imitators are in the business of making $$. They do not care about Christianity (or any other religion), except insofar as it affords them an opportunity to pad their bank accounts. If the film is off-base, it will have been a deliberate choice on the filmmaker's part. As for Neeson's comments about the Aslan figure...no doubt they want to attract moviegoers in Japan and Indonesia.

Sorry to be so cynical, but after the hatchet job done to "The Lord of the Rings", I am surprised by very little that turns up in the movies.

Alice C. Linsley said...

People should stick to the novels themselves. C.S. Lewis was no slouch when it came to good theology. :)