I was delighted to learn today that the ChristianPost.com ran a column I wrote defending CS Lewis against the charge of Paganism. I mentioned this column a week or so ago, as my friends at LaiglesForum.com also ran it. You may not know that Lewis has been charged with such things, but even a half hearted google search will show you what I mean. Below I have also linked to my other entries on my blog where I have opined on the Narnia series.
Without further ado, here is a snippet of the article, which you can read in its entirety here.
Is it possible that the writings of the “apostle to the atheists” actually smuggles in pantheism and Paganism? There are some who believe exactly that.
I submit that there is an answer to this and that the answer has important implications for the Church.
It is common today to hear skeptics argue that Christianity is just a “borrowed” religion, drawing its doctrines and miracles from other religions. In fact, Lewis was persuaded to Christianity just because of such similarities. Though most similarities are strained to make the skeptic’s argument, no one denies that there are at least some similarities. Do such similarities prove that there was “borrowing?” Lewis has a different take.
He writes in his famous essay “Myth Became Fact”:
“The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens – at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences…
Read the rest of my column defending CS Lewis against the charge of paganism.
Other entries on CS Lewis, Narnia, and Prince Caspian:
- My presentation connecting the Christian themes of Narnia with the life of the church– not just kids, but grownups too!
- A bulletin insert on Prince Caspian for churches.
- An outline of the Christian themes in Prince Caspian.
- My review of the movie version of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.