Thursday, January 12, 2006

Critics vs. Christ

“A debate in the mainstream press has arisen over the Christian messages in Disney’s new movie, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ based on the popular books by C.S. Lewis, the acclaimed Christian Oxford professor.

“The criticism has been unremitting from the liberal elite. The books have been derided for their positive depiction of Christian spirituality and Western virtues. In the … Los Angeles Times Book Review, Laura Miller calls Lewis’ insertion of Christian metaphors in his ‘Narnia’ books ‘a terrible betrayal.’ … Carina Chocano of the Los Angeles Times made snide comments about the movie and the book’s Christian metaphors, calling it ‘a medieval vision of Christianity for another dark age.’ …

“It is the secularist contention that Lewis’ story would be stronger if he had only omitted the spiritual references, which they argue are unnecessary to a full appreciation of the pieces. What they fail to recognize is that the spiritual elements are what give ‘Narnia’ its life and make Lewis’ books, otherwise utterly unremarkable, profoundly powerful and relevant.”

Ted Baehr, writing on “Through the Wardrobe: The Christian fantasy of C.S. Lewis,” Tuesday in WorldNetDaily at

Southern evangelism

“The Bible Belt does not buckle in Illinois. Most of my neighbors don’t even own a Bible. Most have never been to a Southern Baptist church and don’t know anything about potluck socials … but I know this — my neighbors in Illinois need the forgiveness of sins and the love of Jesus just as much as lost people anywhere do. …

“The country beyond the Bible Belt can be difficult for Southern Baptists. Churches for transplanted Southerners seldom make much impact on the surrounding culture. The culture of the northern world often has less connection to church life and less appreciation of biblical truth. But don’t believe for a minute that the Good News doesn’t work here. …

“Aren’t you glad to know that the Good News is being proclaimed in places where people don’t own Bibles and haven’t yet discovered the joy of grits for breakfast?”

Doug Munton, writing on “Taking the Gospel Beyond the Bible Belt,” in the January issue of SBC Life

Bias? What bias?

“There was no news to report, but a gleeful Katie Couric felt otherwise. In her interview Monday morning with Terry Hekker, the divorced grandmother who was once a champion of stay-at-home motherhood, Couric tried to use Hekker’s experience to make a case for working motherhood. … On New Year’s Day 2006, Hekker wrote a New York Times piece about how she now regrets not finishing her education or developing any skills which she could now draw upon. A good lesson for any woman, to be sure. But this is hardly news.

“Nevertheless, the producers of ‘The Today Show’ clearly felt Terry Hekker’s story would validate working mothers. Unfortunately for them, that’s not what happened. … Hekker told Couric that … she wouldn’t give up having been at home with her kids for anything; she just regrets not arming herself with a marketable skill in the case of an unforeseen circumstance, such as [her recent divorce]. …

“It was painfully obvious that Couric was hoping Hekker would take back every positive statement she ever made about at-home motherhood. … But there’s no bias there, no. None at all. Perish the thought.”

Suzanne Venker, writing on “No News in the Morning,” Wednesday in National Review Online at

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