C.S. Lewis and the Tao of "The Island"
- Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The questions raised by "The Island" extend beyond medical experiments and the practice of abortion. Who gets to confer personhood and why? The sponsors arbitrarily assign subhuman status to their "insurance policies." But don't many people do the same today to their unborn children in order to make it easier to toss them aside? Is there a great difference between the argument that says growing clones for spare parts will give someone a better life and the argument that says aborting your child will give you a better life? When we are focused too sharply on personal benefits, it is easy to lose sight of the people we dehumanize and kill along the road to acquisition.
Finally, the claim is made in the film that people will do anything to live. This reminds me of Steve Martin's joke at the Academy Awards about the desirability of having the same physique as a buff young actor. He said he'd do anything to have it, "except, of course, diet and exercise." People will do anything to live, except, of course, abandon their pride, bow before God, and obey Him. It is short-sighted, and foolish, to believe that this Earth is our ultimate home. Physical death awaits us all, but we can live forever. The answer is not clones but Christ. And instead of lamenting about how off-target people get in their rabid pursuit of youth and beauty, Christians should recognize these desperate measures as attempts by people to grasp at a shadow of eternity.
Marc T. Newman, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the president of MovieMinistry.com (www.movieministry.com) – an organization that provides sermon and teaching illustrations from popular film, and helps the Church use movies to reach out to others and connect with people.
Publication of this analysis does not constitute endorsement of the film. Warning: MPAA has given this movie a PG-13 rating for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexuality and language.
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