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The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy: The Lion, the Witch, and the Worldview (Popular Culture and Philosophy) Paperback – September 15, 2005
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"A timely and engrossing read for Narnia enthusiasts and philosophers alike. Fresh and reaffirmed perspectives abound in this lively collection." -- Catholic Insight, January 2006
A compilation of essays written by 24 philosophers and Narnia fans on a wide range of topics. -- Columbia Daily Tribune January, 2006
The essays offer expert and insightful guides through the Narnian philosophical forests. -- Episcopal Life January, 2006
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This delves into the philosophy behind Narnia which for sure Jack was into as well, for he taught philosophy early on in his career and was avid philosopher all his life.
Here parallels to such metaphysics as time, epistemology, altruism, objective morality, and more, they are each treated here from Narnia position by this group of committed philosophers. There is definite Christian bent to their worldview, as there was with Jack's. The article on Aslan and Other Religions explores the stickiest issue with Lewis' theology, that of inclusivism. This discussion brings forth the issues in contention. Likely this is why many Christian apologists shy away from Lewis, due to his likely unbilbical stance here. Sure we would all like to believe this somewhat, but the Scripture evidence is lacking.
I particularly found Kevin Kinghorn's work on virtue epistemology fascinating, especially as he sees it in relation to Uncle Andrew's inability to hear the Talking Animals.
Further, Michael and Adam Peterson's venture into time and eternity from Narnian view is cogent and timely, ha! Angus Menuge tackles the gripping topic of "why Eustace Clarence Scrubb"almost deserved his name. This is engagement with modern secularism exposing its bias which even it itself cannot provide all evidence it seems to demand from other views. Closeness to Transcendent is vital area to explore and this will help.
Hopefully for those kin to engage in these thoughts, this is good source to take off exploring these some twenty authors ventures into Aslan's country.
Was Lewis a sexist? Do dogs go to Heaven? Do words have any power or real meaning? These are just a sampling of questions that the essays in this book examine. Some of the essays I found fascinating and others were just so-so. However, overall I enjoyed reading the book. My only preface to would-be readers is that many of those who contributed to the book are Christian professors. This isn't anything negative, but would be readers should know that before buying the book.