Enjoying Fantasy

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

  • Revelation 21:1-4

“You and I who still enjoy fairy tales have less reason to wish actual childhood back. We have kept its pleasures and added some grown-up ones as well.”

  • C. S. Lewis, Letters to an American Lady

“’This is the land of Narnia,’ said the Faun, ‘where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.”

  • C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I was never one for fairy tales growing up.  I loved mysteries.  I devoured the Hardy Boys and Sherlock Holmes.  When I was a young adult, I discovered Lord Peter Wimsey and I became hooked, reading every Lord Peter book and short story that I could find.  But then when I started a concentrated effort in reading, Nero Wolfe became my new favorite.

I never imagined that if I went to a fantasy or SciFi world that I could be caught up in it.  But this year I have read the C. S. Lewis SciFi trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength.  I recently watched a video where Brenton Dickieson, of A Pilgrim in Narnia, where he talks about discovering an original manuscript of The Screwtape Letters that identifies the source of the letters as Ransom in the preface, tying the SciFi Trilogy with Screwtape.  I see the connection and it is delightful to make such connections.  And now, I am about halfway through the Narnia series as of the writing of this post.

I agree.  As an adult reading something that is written about a magical land, especially with the allegory undertones that C. S. Lewis uses, you can get more from it as an adult, and I do not know if I missed much in not reading these books at a younger age, although I had read a few of the Narnia series.

Do we need escape?  Do we need utopia, just for a little while?

This year has been a year where I think many of us are wanting escape.  In doing so, finding fantasy or SciFi that also has an allegorical tale weaving into Biblical teaching can be a great escape.  We still need to prepare ourselves to face this world, but in imagining another world that is perfect, utopian, and full of Light…  That puts in a mindset of the future, and our Heavenly reward.

And the only way to get there is through faith and trust in Jesus.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. here’s an aside…have you ever watched the British crime drama Foyle’s War?
    My dad introduced me to it—it takes place in Hastings during WWII—Foyle is the head superintendent police detective charged with dealing with law and order during a world war—great crime drama with lovely nuances of humor and great history!

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    • Yes, I loved the series on PBS, but I may have missed a few episodes. I was just starting to watch it from the beginning on Netflix, and they took it off! And they made a couple of post-WWII series – those I never saw. The last one I saw was Foyle getting on a boat bound for America, and leaving Sam behind.

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      • I think that was the last I saw but I think they did another season

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      • One or two other seasons seemed to be in the Netflix offering. Since it was unclear, that’s why I decided to restart it. Who knows. they may have put it back on.

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      • I would like to find it as we sold the dvds at the yard sale

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      • Ouch! I would have bought them. Amazon has a boxed set for about $100. Then you can buy individual seasons, nine seasons in all. Not on Netflix, just checked. But odd how they say, “If you liked Foyle’s War, you would like …”

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      • I saw that when I went looking to see where I could view them— I cleaned out all our dvds and cds when I went on my purge— I had to let it go as we’ve accumulated so much.
        Dad would buy a season and get 2 sets, one for each of us— I think I lacked seeing the final season which was more of an after thought season when he left Hastings— but with Gregory not being able to hear well, despite wearing the hearing aids, he had a really hard time understanding Michael kitchen as he was soft spoken and had his accent— so he was never a fan as he missed so much of the story line— and as for my all time favorite hyacinth bucket, pronounced bouquet from Keeping Up Appearances— well he hates when I want to watch that—
        So football it is 🥳

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      • My wife loves Hyacinth also. We have two televisions. She watches her smart TV in the bedroom and I watch the dumb one in the living room. It used to be that we would watch the NCIS franchise shows together, but not any more. Maybe when they start again in about a week or two, we can recreate an old tradition.

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      • We have one tv cause I’m not a tv fan and my husband will tell you I’m a tv Nazi— but I find football good common ground as does he, most of the time 🤣

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      • I think that is the one hurdle that my wife will not jump. When we could afford to attend games, she loved being at the stadium, but she cannot comprehend what I like about watching it on TV. Thus, one TV for weather and sports and Christian programming and her TV. And we lived blissfully ever after. What we do agree on is movies – action, superheroes, and space-style SciFi.

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