Continuing the discussion from AJ Roberts's Theology of Nature:
With all the rising engagement on theologies of nature and natural theologies, I wanted to put this in to the arena. What are your thoughts on this story by C.S. Lewis. It tells the story of a pagan queen, as the gods reveal to her their true nature, as they uncover her true nature…
This review is helpful though difficult to read in HTML:
Many critics have conflicting ideas and interpretations. Firstly, William Luther White accepts that the story is complex. He simplifies it by dividing it into three major themes.
The first one is the clash of possessive love with selfless love. This is centered around Orual. She discovers that her life was full of hatred, neglect of her younger sister Redival and killed a soldier whom she loved.
The second theme is that of questioning of religious beliefs. Fox deploys philosophy in the interpretation of the gods. Orual questions reality of the gods and Bardia on the other hand represents the simple faith of countrymen. Orual cannot identify with the gods and she cannot see them. She asks for a revelation but receives none.
The third theme according to Luther is that of mystery. This one comes out strongly. The supernatural seem to provide no answer but offer personal encounter. As Luther puts it “divine reality seems better discovered through obedience than through testing,” the end of the book depicts Orual as having the revelation and she wants it sent to Greek after her death. She learns that the words of the philosopher are inane when it comes to relating to the supernatural.
TILL WE HAVE FACES by C. S. Lewis
What are your thoughts @AJRoberts, @jongarvey, @AndyWalsh, @dga471, @Philosurfer and @eddie? To the extend you can engage the details of the book, it is helpful. It is really interesting that CS Lewis treats this a true revelation from God the Creator, even though it remains in a pagan system.
Somewhere we will find a quote about how myths are the minds of pagans reaching out for God. It seems this is an image of what he was thinking about.