Monday, July 3, 2017
Why CS Lewis Sucked...
There’s a reason why Tolkien basically advised Lewis to toss his Narnia stories into the garbage -they were indeed crap.
The problem with them was that they lacked depth. Which is the problem with allegory. Once you see the allegory, which is always obvious, there’s nothing else to look for or think about. It’s all surface.
Whereas Aslan was Jesus in another dimension, Frodo was a type of Christ -but not Christ. Aragorn was a type of Christ -but not Christ. Gandalf was a type of Christ -but not Christ.
Types, and their relationships and implications, are a thing you discover, often after multiple readings or observations. And such discovery engenders the desire to look deeper elsewhere. It awakens the truth within you that there is more than what’s on the surface.
Allegory, on the other hand, suppresses discovery. In fact it pro-actively distracts from it. Allegory insists that there is nothing but surface.
So yes, we live in a culture of allegory -all surface. Shallow.
And this has significant implications. Law, for example, was historically discovered via types observed in the natural world.
Today law is made to fit allegory -usually articulated as equality.
Discovery of nature leads us to conclude that a male should pair with a female.
Allegory of nature can lead us to conclude that a male can pair with another male too.
When discovery of law is abandoned for allegory of law, dysfunction and confusion will follow. And then comes corruption, destruction and collapse.