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Tuesday 21 September, 02004

by Matthew Bartlett @ 2:44 pm

Dr Paul Ford wrote:

I believe in the Emperor-beyond-the-Sea who has put within time the Deep Magic, and, before all time, the Deeper Magic.

I believe in his Son Aslan who sang into being all the worlds and all that they contain: Talking Beasts and humans, dumb animals and shining spirits. And I believe that Aslan was a true beast, the king of beasts, a Lion; that for Edmund, a traitor because of his desire for Turkish Delight, he gave himself” into the power of the White Witch, who satisfied the requirements of the Deep Magic by killing him most horribly. At the dawn following that darkest, coldest night, he was restored to full life by the Deeper Magic, cracking the Stone Table and, from that moment, setting death to work backwards. He exulted in his new life and went off to rescue all those who had been turned into stone by the Witch’s want and to deliver the whole land from everlasting winter. He will be behind all the stories of our lives; and, when it is time, he will appear again in our world to wind it up, calling all of his creatures whose hearts’ desire it is to live “farther in and farther up” in his country which contains all real countries.

I believe that upon us all falls the breath of Aslan and that ours are the sweet waters of the Last Sea which enable us to look steadily at the sun. I believe that all who have thrilled or will thrill at the sound of Aslan’s name are now our fellow voyagers and our fellow kings and queens; that all of us can be for ever free of our dragonish thoughts and actions; and that one day we will pass through the door of death into “Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read; which goes on for ever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

[quoted in his lecture on the theology of Narnia (RA video)]

8 responses to “”

  1. Oops, must be an OCR error. Mwahaha. Shall fix now.

  2. alana says:

    i guess we all have a little asian breath fall on us from time to time

  3. Deborah says:

    I like the bit about death working backwards.

  4. Aaron says:

    That is so cool. We should make it a creed.

  5. dan says:

    hehe – asian breath – alana you are the crackupest!

  6. Ben Hoyt says:

    And just the other day I was thinking there was Father and Son in Narnia, but no Holy Spirit. Very cool.

  7. Ben, Ford addresses that in the lecture quite nicely, too.

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