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Series of essays delving deep into C.S. Lewis's philosophy in the Chronicles of Narnia. A good read!

I'm not a Christian but I do love (most of) those books. The overt religiousness doesn't bother me because I think the books walk a fine line of sharing what Christianity meant to Lewis while still being more story than propaganda. (Until the final book, "The Last Battle", which I hated precisely because it crossed the line into propaganda.)

(does anybody remember that part in The Last Battle with the one Calormene soldier, who's repenting a lifetime worshipping Tash and tearfully converting to Aslan-ism? and Aslan is like, "Don't worry, if you were a good person then you were secretly worshipping me all along without knowing it!"

even reading that as a kid and not knowing that Tash was a stand-in for Islam, i could tell there was something deeply condescending and patronizing about that scene)

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Anyway the articles in the Great C.S. Lewis Reread on Tor.com are pretty good, they're written from Christian perspective but are respectful of other perspectives and acknowledging C.S. Lewis's bad points along with the good.

Turns out, reading some deep-dive philosophy on concepts of forgiveness, atonement, mercy, communion, etc. (through the vehicle of talking lion fantasy) was exactly what i needed today to help detox my brain from days of nothing but political terror

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Narnia is an isekai, right?

Isekai anime is what you get if you take Narnia and replace "Love for Lion Jesus" with "Being Good at MMORPG Mechanics"?

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@nindokag It's technically an isekai, but to really fit the genre it needs less interesting protagonists, and Aslan should have given them infinite plot breaking power in the first chapter, voiding all meaningful conflict going forward.

@nindokag I still quite enjoy the books, but I try not to look too closely these days to not upset things.

As a kid I had every book except for The Last Battle, which I only got to read a lot later - and I regret doing it, The Silver Chair was a much better ending point.

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