Thursday, December 15, 2005

SWNID Colleague a Big Hit on Canadian TV

CCU English professor and best man at the SWNID wedding (26 years ago this coming Wednesday) Paul Friskney was the biggest thing on Canadian TV last week, as he was interviewed about his book Sharing the Narnia Experience, now in its second printing, on the Christian program 100 Huntley Street.

Gentle readers can access the program here. Find the RealPlayer download or streaming video link for Friday, December 9. If you want to spare yourself the rest of the program, slide over to about the 30 minute mark.

SWNID finds the interviewer to be well informed and focused, though we are puzzled by her apparent implication that Harry Potter is dangerous fantasy because it is set in our world. Paul, of course, is superb.


Tim said...

I was hoping SWNID could lob a comment towards the Disney attempt at marketing Narnia to churches, as there's a bit of a disagreement in the blogs o' the sphere as to whether this is a corruption of the church, or a paradigm to get quality art with a Christian (or at least theistic) worldview created.

Jon A. Alfred E. Michael J. Wile E. SWNID said...

Corruption versus paradigm. Hmm. SWNID says that this is the classic example of the false choice.

Disney's interests are entirely commercial. One can make the argument that Walden Media's are not, as their chairman does films like Narnia on overtly Christian principle. But without the commecial viability of such properties, there would be no such properties.

For the church, I'd say that we should (a) keep our eyes wide open to the fact that this is a commercial proposition on the part of the filmmakers (cf. Bible publishing, Christian higher education, etc.); (b) respond to the opportunity that the event presents. This is not much different from what we'd do in, say, responding to a natural disaster. It's there, so let's do the Christian thing with it.

In the larger sphere, I'd say that the very question of corruption versus paradigm is the classic conflict between those who want to keep the church pure versus those who want to seize every opportunity to do the church's work. Both are good things; neither should be pursued entirely at the expense of the other.