I had heard of Madeline L’Engle’s, “A Wrinkle in Time” a long time ago, but only recently decided to read it after hearing on the TV program, Jeopardy, that this work was inspired by Quantum Theory and Einstein’s theory of relativity (my younger son completed Ph.D. requirements in the former subject).
As I read it, at first, I kept thinking about how much “less rich” L’Engle’s work was than Lewis’s. But towards the end, she blew me away with the combination of beauty and Christian orthodoxy that I found: the beauty primarily expressed in the depiction of the creatures like “Aunt Beast”, and the Christian orthodoxy in the words of Mrs Who:
“The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble , are called, but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”
And, of course, it is Meg’s love for her brother which ultimately brings him out of the grasp of the Power of Darkness.
I think the primary attraction of Lewis’s works is the combination of the beauty of his art (for me, primarily in the Chronicles of Narnia) and the Christianity found in them.
I was delighted to learn that in L’Engle we have yet another renowned writer whose work is dedicated to fighting the good fight.
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8)