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Are Modern Epics Christian?

Posted in Christ and Culture by sosipater on August 23, 2007

In “The Christian Resonances of Moder Epic” at The American Spectator, Hal G.P. Colebatch compares modern movie “epics” such as The Lord of The Rings, Star Wars, and the Harry Potter series with some classic literary works, mainly, Dante’s Divine Comedy and C.S. Lewis’ Preface to Paradise Lost.  He has some interesting things to say about common themes that run throughout each of these works and where these themes may come from.  Here is a snippett:

In each case a crucial reason for the Enemy’s defeat is the hero’s willingness to sacrifice his own life. But another crucial reason is the fact (set out by Boethius in The Consolations of Philosophy just after the end of the Roman Empire in the West) that evil cannot understand good as good can understand evil. Evil cannot understand love and self-sacrifice.


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