Monday, July 15, 2013

CREATION (part 6 - final thoughts)

I genuinely appreciate Lewis’s take on creation as told in his fictional story, The Magician’s Nephew because of the re-awakening I feel when reading it; it gives a vivid picture to the creation of life.  In fact, this particular account is precisely the reason why it has become my favorite stories among the Chronicles of Narnia. 

Aslan singing the world into creation sends chills up my spine.  The vibrant descriptions are a perfect way to encapsulate the reader, enabling them to appreciate the creation story of this world. 

“By allowing the reader to watch the creation of another world, C.S. Lewis evokes an appropriate awe and delight in the things of this world.” 

This story points me to God, which I believe is essentially what Lewis intended.
I also appreciate C.S. Lewis’s humble view of humanity.  Not only does he heighten the depictions of wrongdoing through the use of magic and science, but he also enables the reader to see a humble hero, like Digory in The Magicians Nephew, or Lucy in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  
Lewis emphasizes the struggle between good and evil throughout all his books, but “throughout the Chronicles, the process of creation is treated as fundamentally good.”[1]  He understands that adventure through creativity is not our own doing, but rather comes from an ultimate Creator. 

“The reality of God’s creation and originality was so woven into the warp and woof of Lewis’s everyday thinking that he consistently denied any originality for his own books.”[2] 

Lewis understood that without God, there would be no source for creativity.  His thoughts on Creation theology are embedded within the fiction and non-fiction writings Lewis dedicated his life to.  It is only through the use of Creation that we can truly enjoy the creativity embedded in Nature by the Great Creator.

[1] Gregory Bassham, Jerry L. Walls, and William Irwin, eds., The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: the Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview (popular Culture and Philosophy) (Chicago: Open Court, 2005), 246.
[2] Vaus, 63.

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