MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation 25

The Heav'ns and All the Powers Therein: The Medieval Cosmos and the World of Narnia

For decades, readers and scholars have wondered whether there was a Master Plan for the structure of the seven books in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. In his book Planet Narnia, Michael Ward makes a compelling case that the qualities attributed to the seven planets in the cosmology of antiquity and the Middle Ages are embodied in the seven books about Narnia. In this Conversation with Ken Myers, Ward explains why Lewis thought the pre-Copernican view of the cosmos can still be of spiritual benefit; that view may not be true (in the sense of factual), but its beauty reveals deeper truths. 67 minutes.

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    Michael Ward: “I just stumbled across this planetary theme to the Narnia books . . .”
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    “ . . . Lewis spent each working day thinking in categories of the 16th century and earlier . . .”
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    “ . . . the universe can be approached symbolically and spiritually and poetically . . .”
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    “ . . . the immediate effect of the new cosmology was dualism . . .”
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    “ . . . things must mean before they can be acted upon rationally . . .”
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    “ . . . for the symbolist it is we who are the allegory . . .”
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    “ . . . When Lewis talks about ‘astrology,’ we need to understand what he means . . .”
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    “ . . . I read that Jupiter brings about ‘winter past and guilt forgiven’ . . .”
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    “ . . . the Christ-figure and the whole world of the story are in a harmonious relationship . . .”
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    Closing