The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Monday, December 12, 2005
Evangelistic Tool?
Granted, this is a tiny sampling. But this excerpt from a Yahoo news story demonstrates the serious limitations of using stories for evangelism, esp. in a post-Christian, postmodern culture. But then this probably was not what Lewis was trying to do anyway.
Mom Cyndee Lord, 47, says the movie got raves from all of her children, ages 8 to 15. "They loved it." And the connections to Jesus "didn't really make any difference to them. I told them and they said 'Oh, really?' "

Chris Benson, 32, of Lithonia, Ga., says that's likely to be the response for many viewers. "It was a bit religious, especially Aslan's sacrifice for the sins of others and his subsequent resurrection, but it was just part of the story. I would guess that much of the younger audience won't even notice unless they're told about it."

Chelsey Panisch, 19, of Miami went to see Narnia because "Like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, there's something wonderful about going to see a story that has touched and influenced so many people. It was absolutely majestic."

She was aware of the faith element from media coverage. "For those who want to see a religious message in it and interpret it as something good, then more power to them. Otherwise, I don't think that will be much of an issue."