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Narnia, Again

Friday, December 9, 2005  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The last two items are so grim, and so full of foreboding, that I want to encourage you to see Narnia for a particular reason that John Mark Reynolds touched on in his review:

If you think the wolves in the wood should never be fought, then you will hate this film. If you think evil does not exist, you will be uncomfortable. If you believe forgiveness is cheap and bad behavior has no cost, then this film will make you furious. But if you are like most of us, then this film will make you shout for joy.

Tonight for the first time in a long time I watched a film that made my heart ache with the beauty of the scenes, made me cry, stirred my passions, and made me think. (All those neo-Platonisms! Surrounded as I was by Torrey students all of whom have read the Timaeus, we were the only audience in the world to burst into applause when Aslan asked, “Where is the fourth?”)

Evil does not just simply walk off stage left. It has to be opposed. The remarks of a Holocaust denying Iranian president and the massacre of Chinese peasants are evil acts. They will not stop but will instead repeat and gather more force unless they are condemned, and not just condemned, opposed.

For example, unless Iran repudiates its crackpot president and his rewrite of history, it ought to have its ambassadors sent home from any civilized country in the world.

And the IOC has got to demand a full accounting of what is going on in China, and be prepared to move its games somewhere else if massacres of ocents are uncondemned and unpunished by the PRC.

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