Thursday, March 26, 2009

Targeted Ministry

C.S. Lewis writes the following in his essay, "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's To Be Said":

"Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument, then collected information about child psychology and decided what age group I’d write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out ‘allegories’ to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn’t write in that way. It all began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion."

It strikes me that some people's assumptions about Lewis's writing of Narnia are somewhat similar to the modern evangelical strategy of ministry.

1 comment:

Rebekah said...

And thus, children steeped in the old fairy tales will have been readied subconsiously to accept the idea which is the core of ethics, and, ultimately, will be better prepared for the gospel, if you reach out to them from this perspective.
~An interested student and lover of faerie taels