Southern Baptists, Disney, and C.S. Lewis

One reason I left the Southern Baptist church was that they seemed to do too many attention grabbing silly things. Good people overall, but as an organization I think they sometimes hurt the Kingdom more than help it. Just my opinion. Maybe in time I will have a better perception of them.

You may recall back in 1996, the Southern Baptist Convention started a boycott of the Walt Disney Company. After eight years, the boycott was lifted earlier this year.

I’m sure the timing couldn’t be any better, as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be opening in theaters later this week. Narnia was written by C.S. Lewis, considered one of the greatest Christian authors.

Here are some interesting tidbits I found about C.S. Lewis:

  • He died on 11/22/1963. Media coverage of his death was overshadowed by the Kennedy assassination.
  • JK Rowling has said that the name of Cedric Diggory (a character in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is an homage to Digory Kirke (a character in Lewis’s Narnia books, most especially The Magician’s Nephew)
  • Member of the Oxford literary circle the ‘Inklings’ along with writers J.R.R. Tolkien, Jeremy Dyson, Charles Williams, Messrs Coghill, and Owen Barfield.
  • His speech patterns, and some aspects of his personalities, were the basis for the character of Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • He based Ransom, the main character in two of the works in his Perlandra trilogy, after his friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
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