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If Christmas Never Came (4 of 4)
Series: First Person Christmas Dramas
Luke 2:10-11; Hebrew 2:14-18
A major new movie has just hit the big screen. The promos for Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe are every where. The Disney studios have put over $100,000,000 in the making and marketing of "Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." If it is the hit it is expected to be, this will be the first of a seven film series based on the Chronicles of Narnia books by C. S. Lewis.
Much of the excitement about Narnia is because of the author. Lewis is regarded by many as one of the greatest Christian writers and spokesmen of the 20th Century. The seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia are a small part of the over sixty some books authored by Lewis. Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters are among the most famous.
When C. S. Lewis wrote Narnia, he was already a renowned scholar and writer. He taught literature at Oxford. He specialized in ancient mythology. His expertise was recognized far and wide. What makes Lewis interesting to many is the fact that he was a recognized teacher and scholar before he became a Christian. He was a self-proclaimed atheist. He believed that the Christian message was just another of the countless myths that he had studied in literature. Everything began to change when his close friend J. R. R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, began to share his faith with him. To make a long story short, Lewis gradually began to open his life to Christ. He came to see that while the story of Jesus did have some things in common with the mythical stories he had studied, but with one major difference. This one was grounded in history, in reality. Lewis would later contend that the universal legends and myths of classic literature grew from the human yearning that God had created into the human heart. These myths were merely distorted reflections of what God was actually going to do in ...
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