Smurfs May Lead to “Harder” Entertainment Media
So, your parents forbid you to watch the Smurfs and you think that is one of the stupidest things ever, right? But take a breath and think this through with me. Somewhere, down deep inside, you know in your heart that it was when the Smurf high faded, it became the gateway television show that led you to your use of “harder” entertainment media. Come on, admit it. We’ve all heard the stories about Smurf watchers graduating to Harry Potter books and even engaging with others in the sport of Quidditch.
I even heard that one poor soul tried out for the position of Seeker. He was last seen in a deserted alley, chasing imaginary Quaffles and Golden Snitches.
Clearly it was the Smurfs cartoon that led to your ruin.
A Genuine Seeker of Truth
Okay so you’re probably right about the impact of the Smurfs on your childhood. But while we’re on the topic of the position of Seeker… I was on Google+ one time and I saw this post comparing an Egyptian mythological character named Horus to Jesus. The guy who posted it said that the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life were just ripoffs of this Egyptian legend. It seemed pretty compelling so I looked into it further. But the more I read about Horus, the greater the disparity between the legend and the accounts of the Christ. Later I heard the opinion of an expert on ancient literature on the topic.
No doubt you’ve heard of J. R. R. Tolkien. His name is often seen lately because he was the author of all things having to do with Hobbits, including The Lord of the Rings and most recently The Desolation of Smaug. Some of you know that Tolkien was not just the author of The Lord of the Rings but also a professor at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Oxford. But you may not know that he was friends with another professor at Oxford named C.S. Lewis. Lewis was an atheist when he met Tolkien but, after numerous arguments between the two, C.S. Lewis was persuaded to embrace Christianity. Lewis also taught at another prestigious university, Cambridge, where he was the chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature. Tolkien’s friend Lewis made this comment about the writing in the gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
I have been reading poems, romances, vision-literature, legends, myths all my life. I know what they are like. I know that not one of them is like this. Of this text there are only two possible views. Either this is reportage – though it may no doubt contain errors – pretty close up to the facts; nearly as close as Boswell. Or else, some unknown writer in the 2nd century, without known predecessors, or successors, suddenly anticipated the whole technique of modern, novelistic, realistic narrative. If it is untrue, it must be narrative of that kind. The reader who doesn’t see this has simply not learned to read. -C.S. Lewis
In other words, this expert in ancient literature believed the gospels to be “reportage.” He believed them to be a true accounting of the life of Jesus Christ.
So where did that leave me?
I’ll tell you in the next post. It comes out Wednesday, January 15, at 4 AM PST.
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