Monday, May 12, 2008

The Last Battle: the Last Column

This last column on The Last Battle concludes my series on the Chronicles of Narnia of C. S. Lewis. Here's a sample:

The metaphor of Heaven as a Great Story is perfectly picked for moderns. We are unlike previous generations, who, tired out with backbreaking daily labor, dreamed of Heaven as Endless Rest, or, surrounded by the mundane and the ugly, pined for a Beatific Vision. To contemporary Americans, Endless Rest sounds like a super-long weekend, and the Beatific Vision sounds like having to spend life in front of only one painting in an art gallery.
Lewis’s genius was to portray Heaven as a Story, because there are few things that thrill we leisure-laden moderns more than going to the movies or opening a book and immersing ourselves in a good story.

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