A Scholar’s Assessment Of ‘The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe’

New Testament scholar Ben Witherington has a penetrating reflection on the Narnia film here. Note his spotting of biblical allusions, especially from John’s Gospel, and this final paragraph:

A long time ago a newspaper man was fired from the Asheville N.C. newspaper for doodling– drawning little pictures of mice and ducks and dogs. This man was Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a man with a remarkable imagination, like C.S. Lewis, and he put it to good use. There was something redemptive about even his most frivolous cartoons. Let us hope the post-Walt Disney will learn something from the response to this film and make more like it, stories that do have “some redeeming value”. If so, it will be a return to form and Walt would be thrilled. In this post-modern age the rebirth of imagination is what we should expect and what the most Creative One of all would want.

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About Dave Faulkner

I'm a British Methodist minister, married with two children. I blog from a moderate evangelical-missional-charismatic perspective, with an interest in the 'missional' approach. My interests include Web 2.0, digital photography, contemporary music and watching football (Tottenham Hotspur) and cricket.

Posted on December 15, 2005, in Books, Culture, Film, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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