Elipongo wrote:Destroyed your innocence? I think you're being overdramatic. I'm an Orthodox Jew and I loved the series. The Christian themes never bothered me because I never even noticed them - Christian theology has never been a subject I've been very interested in especially so when I was a youngster. I did note the polytheistic themes (Tash, river gods, etc.) but wasn't bothered by them because you see such in many fantasy novels.
I believe in religious tolerance - an author has a perfect right to incorporate themes based on his faith into his works. Lewis was hardly trying to be deceptive or hide the Christian themes in the novels, they're kind of heavy handed really. Maybe you're just angry at yourself for missing it? Get over it, if so - I missed it too but see it as no reason to dampen my enjoyment of excellent literature.
Of course he is being overdramatic. This is XKCD, not some scholarly forum. Anyhow, I believe I see how the two of you have such differing experiences with the allegory while being both Jews. You're Orthodox. That means you have a very well set fantasy world, and it is Judaism. Anything else will be of little to no consequence for you. He is Secular. That means his fantasy world is made up of bits and pieces, some Jewish, some pagan, but definitely, NONE Christian. Christianity, in this context, is the epitome of banality, in the sense that banality was used in Changeling The Dreaming by White Wolf. It kills his glamour. He can no longer let himself loose in the world of Narnia, because there is a big Jesus purring behind each tree there, threatening him wit eternal agony if he doesn't accept him as his personal savior.
Awesomeness wrote:I don't see how the fact that it's slightly relevant to Christianity can ruin a book or series. using your logic I don't like the story behind Angels and Demons because it's Pro-Christianity rather that the other messages in Dan Brown's other books.
Dan Brown is definitely not pro Christian. Not in the sense C S Lewis is. Dan Brown believes in an alternate Christianity, one that is not misogynist, one that doesn't inspire celibacy and priests drooling over boys. Dan Brown's Christianity is a pagan one. Perfectly compatible with the essential paganism of modern fantasy.
Woops... only now I realize I'm considering precisely Dan Brown's other book (Da Vinci Code).
Then perhaps I wouldn't like Angels and Demons either