Episcopal priest video blogger, Matthew Moretz, at Christ's Church, Rye, NY, looks at the Ascension of Jesus and can't help but think about Mary Poppins. Why? You'll see. Who knew that there were parallels! "Father Matthew Presents" is a regular video series produced on a semi-regular basis. You can find out more about his church and view sermons and stuff at www.ccrye.org. You can contact Fr. Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Peace be with you!
You know, I can almost hear the outcry on this one. How DARE he compare as important an event as the Ascension of Jesus to something like Mary Poppins that is Just a story? (For my opinion on how inadequate the statement "just a story" is, seeThe Feast of CS Lewis). I do not believe in any case that Fr. Matthew is saying that Mary Poppins was an intentional Christian Allegory. Instead, Matthew is making amythopoeicargument, that since we are formed in the image of our creator, when we sub-create (As in writing, music, art, etc.), we do so under the influence of our God-made image. According to this philosophy, the recurring myths of the dying god, the flood, etc. are in various cultures because they reflect the truest myth, that of Christianity.
In following this idea, you can read various authors from Tolkien to Rowling to Travers and see the strains of Christianity in them without having to insist that the author intended allegory.