Some Christian spirituality pointers from the movie

”We have nothing if not belief.”

There are many lessons in the story, such as Lucy Pevensie’s desire to be different to who she is.

[I thought Will Poulter as Eustace Scrubb was astonishing.]

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis in The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays. {cf. Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”} There is much worth reflecting on the value of stories that are true but did not happen… Here they are literally immersed in the story… We need to learn to enter the story… that metaphor is imaged here:

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It was good (and obvious!) to recognise New Zealand scenery, the Moeraki Boulders, White Island.

Moeraki Boulders

In relation to reaching Aslan’s land: C.S. Lewis: “If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world” [The argument from desire].

“Please, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Before we go, will you tell us when we can come back to Narnia again? Please. And oh, do, do, do make it soon.”
“Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”
“Oh, Aslan!!” said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices.
“You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your own world now.”
“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – Chapter 16

I still regularly meet people who have not spotted the spiritual, the Christian message in the Narnia stories and movies. They may even know the writings of C.S. Lewis well! and yet consider the Narnia books as “just/merely children’s stories.” We can help people by bringing up connections in sermons, on blogs, in discussions. I knew of a secondary school chapel that had a stained glass window with Aslan in it!

There is some discussion whether the series will continue. There is a hint at the end of this movie, not present in the book, that it will. I very much hope so.

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