i saw narnia this weekend. yes, i know the marketing was likely done by karl rove, the exploiter general of all things sacred...but i really loved the movie. i loved that it wasn't lord of the rings. i love that it was a children's movie (sort of). i love that the talking animals weren't cheesy...which is pretty hard to pull off. i loved that people know the book so well that they left the theatre saying, "that didn't look like edmund at all!"
speaking of edmund...man, did they nail the whole "sins of humanity" thing with his character, from my perspective anyway. i think i pretty much was that kid growing up (ok, i still sort of am). while i'm not a big turkish delight fan, i am greedy, selfish, indecisive...well, i think i'll stop there.
the funny thing is, when i really thought about which child i would like to resemble, it wasn't really peter so much as lucy. she was innocent, but boldly curious. she trusted people (well, half-people, half-deer), and really had very little doubt or criticism. she also had a genuine enthusiasm with which i can't seem to recall my last encounter...
speaking of doubt, i know it's very cool for all of us post-whatever christians to be riddled with doubt. i seem to doubt nearly every doctrine of the church at some time or another, but the doubt that i guess i have never really had is that deep fear that maybe this is all a sham...that nothing really matters...that nothing will really work out in the end.
i can't explain this phenomenon. i can't tell you it's because Jesus was neither a liar nor a lunatic, so he must have blah blah blah. i can't tell you that the fossil record clearly blah blah blah. i can't even tell you about a miraculous healing or a near-death experience. all i know is that the story is true. i don't even know what true is. but i know the story is true. and i also know that what motivates me to share the story is not that my church believes in the eternal concious torment of all "non-believers"; but rather the meaning and beauty and hope that fills life when you know the story, believe the story, and love the story.
do you think if we all just embraced the most conservative theology imaginable, everything would be just fine?