Santa, Fairy Tales, C.S. Lewis, and Pre-Evangelism

Posted: December 22, 2008 by limabean03 in Apologetics, Christian Theology, Christianity, Pop-Culture, The Christian Life
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santa1Thanks to Charlie Jordan for forwarding this thought provoking article.  The author’s logic is the type that makes me squirm while simultaneously perking my interest.  At the end of the day, I like it…I think

I suspect that fairy tales and Santa Claus do prepare us to embrace the ultimate Fairy Tale, the one Lewis believed was ingrained in our being. New research from the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa indicates that children aren’t overly troubled upon learning that Santa is a myth. But the researchers remained puzzled because while children eventually abandon Santa, they keep believing in God. Lewis would say this is because God is real, but Mr. Dawkins fears it is the lasting damage of fairy tales. While Mr. Dawkins stands ironically alongside Puritans in his readiness to ban fairy tales, Christian apologists like Lewis and Chesterton embraced them, precisely because to embrace Christian dogma is to embrace the extrarational.

Today’s Christian apologists, by contrast, seek to reason their way to God by means of archaeological finds, anthropological examinations and scientific argumentation. That’s all well and good, but it seems to miss a fundamental point illuminated by Chesterton, which is that, ultimately, belief in God is belief in mystery.

read it all here

  1. castleqwayr says:

    I have been enjoying the books of Mr. Lewis from my pre-Christian days and now try to learn as much as I can about his life and all of his work. In reading the three volumes of letters, I am at the point immediately before his conversion. I did a brief post and would like your insights, observations or whatever thoughts you might share.

    Thank you.

    –Ron C

    There is a very nice private C.S. Lewis collection at Taylor University up the road from my home which I have enjoyed. I’m friends with the donor, Dr. Brown.

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