11 August 2008

The paganism of Narnia

The post-Christian man of our day differs from pagans as much as a divorcee differs from a virgin, said C.S. Lewis. Hat-tip to A conservative blog for peace for the link.

Comment: The paganism of Narnia:
'When grave persons express their fear that England is relapsing into Paganism, I am tempted to reply, 'Would that she were.' For I do not think it at all likely that we shall ever see Parliament opened by the slaughtering of a garlanded white bull in the House of Lords or Cabinet Ministers leaving sandwiches in Hyde Park as an offering for the Dryads.

'If such a state of affairs came about, then the Christian apologist would have something to work on. For a Pagan, as history shows, is a man eminently convertible to Christianity. He is essentially the pre-Christian, or sub-Christian, religious man. The post-Christian man of our day differs from him as much as a divorcee differs from a virgin.'

1 comment:

Yewtree said...

Ha ha, I love the idea of Cabinet Ministers leaving sandwiches for the Dryads in Hyde Park! Though of course people do make offerings to their gods, these don't involve garlanded white bulls.

I don't think that contemporary Pagans are eminently convertible to Christianity at all. And I should know, since last year I tried Christianity again and found myself incapable of embracing it, for almost exactly the same reasons as I rejected it in the first place (except this time around I was better informed theologically).


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