Narnia: Christian Moneymaker?

The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed SetJoey Eng questioned today whether the movie coming out today, Narnia, is the latest in Christian capitalism. But, Joey, I have to disagree with you.

Of course there’s capitalism mixed with Christianity. There has been since it blew up with the advent of the printing press (designed to make it easy to print and distribute the Bible). But, would you call that capitalism? Probably not. Did they make money with it? Abso-frickin-lutely.

Narnia’s (and other movie’s and media’s) ascension into mainstream does make money – because Christians support it. Personally, I think that’s great. Why not support (monetarily or otherwise) the faith you subscribe to? But, let’s get back to the printing press idea. That was a form of disseminating the religious thought to others. Not just Christians, but everyone. What’s the difference between that and inventing a new media production tool to spread the word? In our case, it’s using the media we have at our disposal to spread thoughts and ideas that we care about. It’s the same reason you write in your blog (minus the personal fun of doing it) – to spread ideas.

Are there people who simply use Christianity as a means to an end? Sure, of course there are. But, as the Bible says, as long as they are preaching the same Christ, let them preach.

As an additional note, I was listening to NPR two days ago and heard that there wasn’t as many Christian alliterations as one would expect from C.S. Lewis’s original books.

To everyone else out there: What do you think about The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe? Have you seen the movie? Have you read the books? What are your thoughts on it and “Christian capitalism”?

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

5 Comments on "Narnia: Christian Moneymaker?"

  1. Joey says:

    Hey Nate, thanks for the pseudo trackback. No, I don’t have trackback setup on my blog.

    About the post… I agree that as long as the same word is preached then it is good. And yes, there will always be capitalism mixed into the equation. There are things that get to me when I read about what goes on in the Christian music industry. I read that Jaci Velasquez’s label disagreed with her wanting to make a Spanish album because it would affect her image and didn’t seem “Christian”. Yea, I thought that was pretty ridiculous.

    Btw, I watched Narnia tonight and thought it was awesome! :)

  2. nate says:

    Hey Joey, yea, that whole Jaci V thing is kinda crazy. I’ve always thought labels should just advise more than control. That sucks.

    I have to get over to the theater to watch it. What did you like or not like about the movie?

  3. Dave says:

    I read the book in fourth grade and never thought of it as christian. Tonight, I saw the movie and didn’t come away from it as being Christian (although I now see the parallels). As an agnostic (who was raised Catholic) the movie had no religious effect on me. I think this was because the movie is fantasy. Its not reality as the Bible and the story of Christ try to make us believe. Furthermore, I never saw Aslan as a christ figure because Christ was a lamb… the weakest of the bunch, not the Lion or king of the jungle. That and I am able to simply enjoy a good story, be it religious or secularist, without it affecting my personal and religious (or non-religious for me) beliefs.

  4. nate says:

    Hey Dave, thanks for the comment.

    I love your point. I always thought Aslan as a Christ figure was a bit weird, but couldn’t put my finger on it.

    I don’t think it was intended to explicitly declare Christianity in it. The story is great, whether you make something out of the correlation or not.

    Thanks again for the comment.

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