The Lions World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia

Hardcover | February 20, 2013

byRowan Williams

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Archbishop Rowan Williams offers fascinating insight into the most famous works of one of the most influential Christian authors of all time: C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Williams reflects on each classic story, illuminating such themes as a concern to do justice to the differenceof God, the disturbing and exhilarating otherness of what is encountered in the life of faith, a relentless insistence on self-questioning in order to discover which truths we fear and to prevent self-serving falsehood, and a passion to communicate the excess of joy that is promised by the truth ofGod in Christ. Lewis's greatest achievement, Williams argues, is to enable readers to encounter the Christian story as if for the first time, and he finds in Lewis's imaginative renewal of one of the world's most familiar stories a source of joy for jaded believers and contented unbelievers alike. Yet Williamsalso engages readily with the controversial aspects of Lewis's work, considering the charges of sexism, violence, and racial stereotyping that have been leveled against Lewis by contemporary critics such as Philip Pullman. This lucid, learned, humane, and beautifully written book opens a new window onto Lewis's beloved stories, revealing the moral wisdom and passionate faith beneath their perennial appeal.

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Archbishop Rowan Williams offers fascinating insight into the most famous works of one of the most influential Christian authors of all time: C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Williams reflects on each classic story, illuminating such themes as a concern to do justice to the differenceof God, the disturbing and exhilarating other...

Rowan Williams is Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and formerly the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 7 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 20, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199975736

ISBN - 13:9780199975730

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Point of Narnia2. Narnia and Its Critics3. Not a Tame Lion4. No Story but Your Own5. The Silent Gaze of Truth6. Bigger Inside than OutsideConclusionNotes

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"Reading Rowan Williams on C.S. Lewis is like watching two old friends in animated discussion of great, powerful themes...Those who have loved Narnia since childhood will here discover fresh and sometimes disturbing depths of meaning and power. Those who don't know it will be stimulated toread the stories for themselves. Those who have tried to debunk Lewis and his children's books will find Williams more than a match for them, not as an uncritical apologist but as a wise and humane expositor." --N.T. Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, St. Andrews