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“For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with the pains of childbirth until now.”  Romans 8:22

C.S. Lewis cannot just write a piece of meaningless fiction.  His works are not the dimestore variety.  You know the kind of worthless trash that you want to just curl up with and not think about?  I have to admit that I was almost afraid when I picked up the first book in his Space Trilogy.  “Oh, no” I thought “what if I have to think, and much worse, what if I can’t understand it?  What if the depth of thought is so far over my head that I am reeling with the theological implications of it all?”  Then, as I got pulled into the story, I began to see strange and wonderful things, and then my mind became alive with possibilities.  My what if’s changed from being about me, to about creation and the human race.  “What if God created life on other planets, wouldn’t they (being part of creation) be affected by the fall of all creation?  And what if we could travel through space and time and view our world as those other creatures must view it, what might we think?  What would they think not only of us, but of the cosmic battle and redemptive plan by which Yahweh has inacted to restore all of creation?”  The questions and answers are mindboggling and numerous.  For one thing these creatures and worlds, would be  affected by our sins; however the creatures themselves, not being human, would not be “bent” or ruled by sin .  The rulers of their worlds would be amazed that their own God had condescended and subjected himself to save the very creatures that rebelled against him.  In fact, we are told that the angels in this world “desire to look into” these very things.  Thus has Lewis once again revealed his brilliance in developing a novel that is not only entertaining, but thought provoking. 

The story follows mild-mannered philologist, Dr. Elwin Ransom who is abducted by a couple of “mad” scientists while on a walking tour.  The next thing he knows is he is being heralded through space on a secretive mission that only his hosts are privy to, and they are hellbent on not revealing.  Ransom soon uncovers their motives and begins forming a plan of escape that may forever ruin is chances of returning to earth.  Seemingly alone, he must now learn to survive on the strange planet of Malacandra where he dare trust no one, and nothing is as it seems. Don’t expect Lewis’s science to be perfect.  He did, in fact, write this in the 1930’s where space travel was still relegated to the realm of science fiction, and little was known about the surrounding planets in our solar system.  Still, it is obvious that he writes from the point of view of an early scholar and though his knowledge of astronomy is limited, it does not detract from the valuable lessons of the story.  So, embark on a journey with Dr. Ransom to the beautiful and dangerous shores of Malacandra; but hurry, it is a dying world and won’t last long.  As for me, I am off to Perelandra, where I hope to entertain more questions and even have some of them answered.

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