I took after the journalist Richard Wolffe for criticizing Sarah Palin on MSNBC. Palin said she had found inspiration in the works of C.S. Lewis. Wolffe derided her for finding inspiration in children’s literature. Wolffe was ignorant of Lewis’s vast corpus, including many works of popular Christian apologetics. I reviewed Lewis’s works and concluded that Wolffe didn’t know Jack.
I think Palin was referring to one or more of Lewis’s books of religious reflections for adults, but I am interested in knowing what book(s) she was referring to. I wish someone would raise the question with her and get an answer.
The idiotic Joy Behar appears on ABC and elsewhere, but she apparently gets the news from MSNBC. She criticized Palin last week for finding inspiration in children’s literature. Watching MSNBC, Behar has become almost as smart as Richard Wolffe!
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Michael Flaherty turns to Behar’s comment on Palin and Palin’s comments on Lewis. Flaherty defends Palin as a reader of Lewis. Flaherty specifically discusses Voyage of the Dawn Treader from the Narnia series.
I doubt that Palin was referring to the Chronicles in her citations of Lewis. Flaherty doesn’t say she was. Rather, Flaherty defends the worth of the literature Lewis wrote for children and parenthetically chides Behar for “forgetting that Lewis was a medieval and renaissance scholar at Oxford and the author of several brilliant Christian apologetics.”
So why is Flaherty discussing Voyage of the Dawn Treader? Well, you see, he’s the president of Walden Media, the producer of the film of the book, and the film is playing now in a theater near you.
UPDATE: A reader has forwarded me Palin’s announcement via Twitter that she was referring to The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. Governor Palin adds: “The works of C.S. Lewis should be read by the uninspired.” And the ignorant!
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