I'm mostly off this week--whooping it up at Disneyworld. I'll be back Friday for Audience Participation Friday. Meanwhile, check out this article in Christianity Today from my friend Devin Brown, English professor at Asbury and author of several books about Narnia. The article is titled "Lent in Narnia," and it quotes my book, The World According to Narnia, a couple of times. Here are the first couple of paragraphs...
In his short essay "Some Thoughts," C. S. Lewis examines the paradoxical fact that the Christian calendar is as full of feasts as it is fasts, as full of fasts as it is feasts.
How did the Christian faith come to have this unique "two-edged" character, a stance which is both world-affirming and world-denying? Lewis explains that on one hand "because God created the Natural—invented it out of His love and artistry—it demands our reverence." But at the same time, "because Nature, and especially human nature is fallen it must be corrected and the evil within it must be mortified."
But make no mistake, Lewis writes, its essence is good, and correction is "something quite different" from repudiation or Stoic superiority. And hence, Lewis argues, all true Christian asceticism will have "respect for the thing rejected" at its center. "Feasts are good," Lewis concludes, "though today we fast."