December 15, 2005 | David F. Coppedge

Darwin Descendent Enters Narnia

Did you know that one of the great-great-great-grandsons of Charles Darwin plays the part of bad-boy Edmund in the new Chronicles of Narnia movie?  After difficulty finding an appropriate person to play the part, Director Andrew Adamson saw a picture of Skandar Keynes and said, “I think it’s Edmund” and signed him up.  Keynes gave a few snippets about his life to USA Today.  His father Randal Keynes helped make possible a special screening of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at the Galapagos Conservation Trust in London, with profits to go toward conservation of the islands the teen actor’s ancestor made famous.  Skandar Keynes and other celebrities will attend the showing.

If you have not seen this film, by all means go.  It is outstanding.  This anecdote about Keynes is interesting for its symbolic value.  Darwin is an icon of materialism, C. S. Lewis of Biblical Christianity.  Of all the characters in the movie for a Darwin descendent to play, it must strike many as fitting that he acted the part of the disobedient, selfish-centered, unethical Edmund.  But look how Edmund turned out after experiencing the bitter fruit of his sin, and after watching the Christ figure, Aslan the noble lion, take the punishment he deserved.  Let this anecdote be a reminder to pray for the redemption of the materialists.

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