I don’t think C.S. Lewis was a violent man, but I think even he might have been moved to take up something heavy and begin bashing the exhibit that trades in his name as well as that of his beloved creation, Narnia, currently on display in Kansas City. The reign of the White Witch, for example, is used to alert viewers to the dangers of global warming. (For more on this, see the Teacher’s Guide.)
The whole thing comes across like Zen Buddhism meets Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Consider this summary of the experience, awaiting attendees as we exited the exhibit:
“Prince Caspian and the Pevensie children have shown that demonstrating virtue and making the right choices allows us to co-exist peacefully with others and live in harmony with Nature. As you leave Narnia and return to your own world, keep these ideas and important lessons with you as you continue on your own journey.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Prince Caspian and the Pevensie children demonstrate virtue by lopping off the heads of bad guys, and kicking the Telmarines out of Narnia, all in service to God? How do you get peaceful agnostic co-existence out of that? Positively Orwellian.