Ok, so, what did I get up to this weekend? In brief: on Friday evening, I went to see “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at the cinema with Sarah & Jon and Philippa. On Saturday, in the morning I went into town to get my hair cut, and then in the afternoon lazed around watching Futurama. I had dinner at Philippa’s, Luci was with us as well as she was staying for the weekend. It was good to see her again, albeit briefly 🙂 And then afterwards we dropped Luci off on campus and went to mine to watch some of the Star Wars documentary. Yesterday, in the morning we went to Fordham for ‘Lessons & Carols’, and then had lunch. In the afternoon, we went to Simon’s for mulled wine and mince pies, which was rather nice!
Then, we treated ourselves to a curry from the Bengal Tiger in Wivenhoe, and went round to Alex’s to watch “Love Actually” (the second time I’ve seen it in a month, but still. Elisa hadn’t seen it so Alex wanted her to watch it…)
I think that’s just about it. One more thing though – I said I was going to talk about Narnia!
I have to say, I thought it was brilliant. It was really well done, and quite faithful to the book for the most part! I really think they managed to capture the spirit of the book. And it definitely made me think about some Christian things a bit more!
One thing which Phil pointed out to me which I hadn’t noticed before related to what I was reading about in “Consuming Passion” a few months ago. It’s basically this: in the book (and the film), the demand for sacrifice comes not from Aslan, but from the White Witch. This is a bit different to how a lot of conservative Christian theologians seem to view it, i.e. seeing God as the wrathful one imposing punishment on Jesus (what Steve Chalke called ‘cosmic child abuse’!). Maybe they’re not so different, but in the ‘wrathful’ interpretation wrath seems to be the operative force, whereas in the other interpretation justice seems to be the operative force.
Just some random musings there, I haven’t really solidified any kind of clear thoughts on it yet!