I am not exaggerating when I say that C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books were an important element in my moral development. I read them as a child because I loved the fantastic stories. I appreciate them as an adult because I value their spiritual and moral underpinnings. I have no doubt that the books’ foundational ideas seeped into my subconscious when I was too young to realize that I was reading a series of beautifully crafted moral and religious allegories.
Sadly, my kids do not share my passion for the Narnia books. They did, however, love the first movie, which I thought had some important lessons about honor and manliness.
Why am I suddenly talking about C.S. Lewis? Because (unbeknownst to me) tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of his death. Peter Wehner has a lovely homage to Lewis, who was one of the last great 20th century moralists and thinkers.