Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Timely advice in Narnia

One of the rules of good biblical exegesis is not to force the stories in Christ's parables to walk on all fours, because a parable isn't meant to be understood that way. Why, then, do some insist on making every detail of the fictional story found in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe represent a precise doctrinal truth?

It's a story, for goodness sake! It has parallels to the Christian story, and it's supposed to have parallels, but it's supposed to point you to the real story, not be the real story. And every detail is not intended to be teaching exact and thorough theological truth, so it's silly to examine the the story as if it were a systematic theology textbook.

I have problems with some of C. S. Lewis's theology as presented in his nonfiction writing. Sometimes I'm bowled over by his simple yet profound explanation of a particular truth, and other times I wonder how such a brilliant thinker could hold on to such goofy ideas. Taking Lewis's nonfiction writing and doing a point by point examination of his theology as he presents it there is fair game, but examining a story in that way is not.

A story is a story is a story. Don't make Aslan walk on all fours.

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