Thursday, June 19, 2008

On Ben Barnes and the Bible

If you have the time, you must catch this. Why?
Because Ben Barnes is in it.
No, really.
I'm sorry, guys you can just admire the ... centaurs or something.

Well there are better reasons of course (though it's hard to imagine a better reason than *sigh* Ben Barnes). The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a beautifully crafted movie. But even more, it's a beautifully crafted allegory of Christianity.

If (or when) you've found the time to kick back and enjoy the thrill, take 5 minutes to think through some of the thoughtful little parallels that you can find in the movie. Ponder- what does it mean, what does it refer to, what can I learn?

Here are a few to put you on the right track.

1. When Lucy says that she saw Aslan, Peter asks why he didn't see Aslan too. Lucy replies, "Maybe you weren't looking."

2. Peter utters that he wishes Aslan had given some "proof" of his presence in the forest. Little Lucy replies, "Maybe we're the ones who need to prove ourselves to him."

3. Peter strategises an attack on Miraz's castle without Aslan's guidance. He goes ahead with his own plans even after Lucy reminds him, "Have you forgotten who really defeated the White Witch, Peter?"

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
Psalms 127:1

4. The werwolf and the hag summon up the White Witch through an occult ceremony. Peter knows that her powers are evil yet the longer he stares at her and listens to her coaxing, the more he is drawn towards her.

She stretches out her hand sweetly saying "You know you can't do this without me, Peter."

5. Aslan ends the story be healing brave Reepicheeps tail. (read Matthew 12)

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