Hugely enjoyed watching the Narnia Code last night on BBC1. Not only was it great to see Spud (Michael Ward) on TV in something other than a Bond Movie, but more importantly fantastic to have a programme on TV that was so unapologetically God-glorifying.
As well as the thesis of Planet Narnia being fascinating and compelling (that Lewis structured the plots of the seven Narnia books and the depiction of Aslan within those books around the characteristics of the seven planets of medieval cosmology) but more importantly it opened up a very useful line of dialogue with the New Atheism.
Whereas Atheism starts its understanding of the world from the "basic building blocks" of matter, energy and time, and then somehow asks how on earth these things randomly generated something as extraordinary as consciousness, Lewis starts at the other end. The fundamental thing is consciousness (cogito ergo sum). Everything else must be explained in terms of its relation to consciousness.
In fact, what is science apart from an experiment of the imagination, trying to see how this world relates to particular ideas? The study of the world may be dependent upon science, but the existence of science is entirely dependent upon the existence of imaginative beings.
I consider this a far more fruitful line of conversation than the (still useful and compelling) intelligent design arguments, that seem to give away the premise that we must start with the same toolbox as the atheistic materialists.