Insight from The Chronicles of Narnia: Feeling Creation in The Magician’s Nephew
Most of us, I think, still operate with a view of nature as inert matter that serves as a quarry of resources for meeting your needs and wants. We know, or at least some us, know that we are pushing against the limits of nature and we need to change our patterns of consumption and use of its resources. But it does not seem that has realization has gotten from our heads to our hearts to the point where we actually change the way we live. At least not to the degree that we need to.
That eighteen inches between head and heart is often the most difficult for us to traverse. Our mode of connection to whatever we’re trying to get from our heads into our hearts needs to be more than just intellectual. The story of creation in The Magician’s Nephew can help us with that.
Part of our problem is our tendency to allow the creation stories in the Bible to be reduced to the creation v. evolution controversy. Thus we do not often feel the stories’ beauty and depth. That we tend to speak of nature rather than creation is a symptom that we have not felt the biblical story rightly. Lewis’ account of Narnia’s creation by means of Aslan’s singing has obvious affinities with God’s creating our world by his words. But it is different enough and unfamiliar enough for its beauty and profundity to help us feel it in ways we can’t the biblical story.
Enjoy Lewis’ telling. Reflect on it. Revel in it. Let it forever season how you think about creation and our use of it.