November 26, 2005

'Narnia' Seen as Chance to Fill Churches

'Narnia' seen as chance to fill churches - Yahoo! News

Churches are celebrating the new Disney movie based on C.S. Lewis' book. And why not? The book was little more than Christian propaganda (yes, I have read it), and the movie has been described as being "true to the book." Remembering how they contributed to the success of Gibson's Passion, believers have decided to promote this film as a way of gathering new recruits.

I am still clinging to the hope that the popularity of the movie will somehow encourage children to read. Maybe I'm being naive here, but I can't help thinking that reading Christian propaganda is still better than reading nothing at all. I read these books as a kid, and they certainly didn't Christianize me.

As for the publicity generated by the film and the churches that support it, we are provided with yet another opportunity to speak out. Instead of opposing the film or book, we should focus on the Christian myth that underlies both. They are not flawed because they promote Christianity; they are flawed because Christianity itself is terribly flawed.