The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Making Friends for the Kingdom

Jesus told his disciples to be as shrewd and creative as a good business person in order to "make friends for yourselves" in the Kingdom of Heaven (Luke 16:9)—i.e. in order to woo people into the church. Yet too often the church can come across as dull or tedious and the Gospel is presented in a way that whets the appetite about as much as canned ravioli. We have brilliant engineers and executives who put tremendous amounts of time and energy into marketing products and increasing customer loyalty, yet when it comes to proclaiming the Good News we can be tragically ineffective. Meanwhile, as the church competes for the attention of young people, the creators of video games spend, for example, $100 million on the Grand Theft Auto IV game.

Prince Caspian is the next movie in The Chronicles of Narnia series. Every generation needs the Gospel preached to them anew—and even more so when the rate of cultural change is so rapid as to make youth ministers similar to cross-cultural missionaries. Prince Caspian is one more tool they can use to grab the next generation’s attention.

Our Special Focus offers articles that examine the life and work of this beloved author.

Featured Articles and Resources: C.S. Lewis, the creator of Narnia

Further Up and Further In: A C.S. Lewis & Inklings Resource Blog
Dr. Bruce L. Edwards
The resource blog of Lewis scholar and expert Dr. Bruce L. Edwards (Off-site Link). Read his commentary on Lewis and Prince Caspian

A Man for All Time: C.S. Lewis: Speaking to Our Culture Today
Dr. Peter Kreeft
Philosopher Peter Kreeft brings his considerable wit and wisdom to bear on a discussion with Vision magazine about C.S. Lewis and the applicability and genius of his work for today, as well as his own time. The interview ranges farther, into the reason intellectuals resist faith, apologetics in a politically correct milieu and the importance of reading Lewis.

Not A Tame Author
Dr. Bruce L. Edwards
C.S. Lewis expert Edwards defends the famous author and Christian apologist in light of recent charges that he was simultaneously too modernist and romanticist. He explains why someone whose heyday was one-half century ago is not only still as popular as can be, but truly relevant as well. From his blog on Lewis.

C. S. Lewis Among the Postmodernists
David C. Downing
Lewis scholar and English professor Downing examines C.S. Lewis's uncanny ability to balance between unwarranted epistemological certitude regarding texts and "self-canceling denials" of anti-foundationalism. How? Downing concludes this is due to Lewis's "characteristic fusion of metaphysical affirmation and epistemological humility."

C. S. Lewis: Memories and Reflections
Gilbert Meilaender
Meilaender reviews Lawlor's first-hand recollections of his association with C. S. Lewis, who served first as his tutor then as a lifelong inspiration. "This book not only offers memories of Lewis; it also reflects upon and evaluates much of Lewis’ literary output," writes Meilaender.