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Offline Marys Anawim

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CS Lewis and Tolkien
« on: August 27, 2019, 08:49:40 PM »
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  • Hey everyone.so my husband and I, through the grace of God stopped watching cable TV, Hollywood, disney, etc years ago. Now recently I have heard of some fellow trades reading and watching lord of the rings. I have heard that there is some Christian/catholic themes but we had originally heard otherwise. I recently picked up the hobbit book to check it out and I personally didn't feel comfortable after reading the description to share this with my children. With so many things being twisted in the media how can we in good conscience read or watch thos without reservations? We are more orthodox than most but I would like to get others opinions and experiences with Narnia and lord of the rings books and its connections with christianity. Thank you
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    Re: CS Lewis and Tolkien
    « Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 09:03:18 PM »
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  • I read both series growing up in a very strictly monitored tv/book household. 

    They are really great books


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    Re: CS Lewis and Tolkien
    « Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 09:07:19 PM »
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  • Lewis is Anglican but I don't really remember much in Narnia that would be problematic from a Catholic perspective.  Depending on how you, personally, understand EENS, you might have some theological issues with the final novel in the series.  Also narratively speaking it leans toward Ransom Theory of the atonement, which I believe is an orthodox opinion and a common patristic one, but less commonly held today if I recall correctly.

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    Re: CS Lewis and Tolkien
    « Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 09:10:09 PM »
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  • I have never read much of C.S. Lewis. I believe he was an Anglican. Tolkien was a Catholic. I think the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion are beautiful Catholic Faerie Tales. I think they are fantastic and would recommend them highly to anyone. They teach the faith in stories to children. About the battle between Satan and the Demons and God and the angels and saints.
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    Re: CS Lewis and Tolkien
    « Reply #4 on: August 27, 2019, 09:39:23 PM »
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  • C.S. Lewis and Tolkien were friends and they challenged each other to write a series of fiction novels which would teach Christianity.  Tolkien used symbolism in his "Hobbit" book, while Lewis used allegory in his "Lion, witch and wardrobe" books.  These books were geared towards children while they also wrote adult-themed books (i.e. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and Lewis' "Perelandra" trilogy).
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    Tolkien's themes in his books are basic, classic good vs evil with Catholic themes mixed in.  They are fantastic reads with good moral themes.
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    I can say the same thing about Lewis' "Lion, witch and wardrobe" but I haven't read the "Perelandra" series so I can't give it a stamp of approval.  However, Lewis is supported by most good Protestants so I think his stuff is ok.  Never heard any moral issues with his material at all.  The only thing you could say about C.S. Lewis is that he wrote many other books about adult-themed issues (i.e. "screwtape letters" book) which pertain to the devil and aren't for kids. 
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    On the whole, Tolkien is 100% catholic and he was even against V2 when it came out.  Lewis is a protestant at heart, whom Tolkien tried to convert his whole life and whose writings show a large catholic influence.  Lewis' protestantism is not the kind we see today; he grew up in the 30s-40s so it's much more orthodox than the "God loves everyone" and "I'm already saved" message of today's nutballs.  Lewis makes today's protestants seem like pagans.


     

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