In one of C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, 'The Silver Chair,' the emerald witch of the underworld advocates an anti-natural lie. She claims that there is no real world above the ‘Underland’ that she has created. She throws a magical potent onto the fire that causes the children who had tumbled into her realm to come under her spell. She launches into ‘shared dialogue’ with them to convince them of their erroneous belief in a real world above ground. No doubt, because she was managing to break down their resistance to her ‘revisionist teaching’, she would have considered this 'good conversation'. (The awkward phrases in quotes are typical in the Church of England for the liberal agenda to persuade the Church to abandon its historic faith for Western culture’s anti-natural thinking about sex and marriage.)
The children's companion, Puddleglum, is a voice of reason in the story and is less susceptible to false arguments than the children. He stomps bare-footed onto the magical fire to put it out. The children emerge from the witch's spell and come to their senses. Smarting from his burns, Puddleglum says to the witch, 'Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.' He and the children then get on with their mission.
As expected, yesterday’s referendum in Australia led to an affirmation of same-sex ‘marriage’. This step on the road to an ultimate denial of biological, binary genders is becoming definitive for Western nations. The illogic of the view follows that of the emerald witch. That some 61% of the voters fell for this lie for around 3% of the population who identify as homosexual is an indication that the culture is failing in many more ways than just this issue. It has lost the basis from which to present moral arguments of any sort because it has rejected God’s created world. Like Eve and Adam, it has bitten into the fruit that will allow them to determine good and bad for themselves, to play God.
The saddest part of the story, however, is that the mainline churches have, by and large, failed Australia’s children. They have ceased to speak rational sense and, instead, fallen under the magical spell of this ‘Underworld’ that denies created realities. True, the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church remains faithful to God’s revealed truths in creation and Scripture. However, in Australia's version of the story, Puddleglum falls under the spell of the anti-naturalism of culture, which also aborts its children by the millions under the imaginary notion that the vulnerable are less than human.
The only question that remains is, ‘How long will it take for this culture to decide that realists are dangerous, unfit to parent, unworthy to teach children, a troubling presence in the workplace, and need to be removed?’ Anti-naturalism will prove to be the totalitarianism of the 21st century.