From the Nov/Dec, 2013 issue of Touchstone
Like a Thief in the Night by Anthony Esolen

Illuminations

Like a Thief in the Night

by Anthony Esolen

Aslan the Lion has breathed the breath of life, calling, "Narnia, Narnia, Narnia! Awake!" It is the beginning of a world. The animals awake to reason and the spirit, and they begin to speak, each in his distinctive way—even to make jokes! Yet the cowardly and wicked magician, Uncle Andrew, hears nothing but the jabbering of wild animals. He is terrified, and Aslan gives him the mercy of unconsciousness, the only mercy that such as he can know.

C. S. Lewis suggests that the flames of hell are how the wicked experience the glory of Paradise, fo . . .


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