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10 Notable Faith-Conscious Films On Disney Plus — And 5 Still In The Vault

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One can only speculate what British author C.S. Lewis, who spent his boyhood in rural Ireland a century ago, would think of today’s WiFi-enabled home entertainment revolution.

Doubtless, the Christian apologist would be curious to see movie versions of “The Chronicles of Narnia” — his best-selling mythic allegories grounded in virtues and sacraments — on Disney Plus. The streaming service has two big-budget Narnia adaptations listed right between modern updates on Winnie the Pooh and “Cinderella,” with its “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” soundtrack.

Staunchly religious American families have long had a complicated relationship with The Walt Disney Company, as VidAngel founder Neal Harmon shared in a recent interview. After his company developed filtering technology to allow subscribers to sanitize streaming films and shows, Disney and other Hollywood studios promptly sued them. Litigation is ongoing.

Still, when asked what films sparked his creativity as a child, Harmon did not hesitate to name two titles featured on Disney Plus.

“Entertainment shaped the way we saw the world,” he said, having grown up on an Idaho farm with his three brothers. “I remember watching ‘Swiss Family Robinson,’ then building treehouses in the trees behind our house. After watching ‘Star Wars,’ we’d jump in the canals during a big snowstorm and pretend the Empire was coming to attack.”

Others are less enthused by the Magic Kingdom and its wares. Due to religious or other values, they ardently avoid all things Disney, concerned about consumerism, undertones of a progressive agenda, or corporate values that conflict with their own. Biblically engaged believers freely admit that “the gospel according to Disney” has always been animated more by pixie dust and wishing stars than a loving God come to seek and save humanity.

Disney filmography has for decades provided many fascinating, imperfect reflections of American civil religion. On-screen stories of faith are rarely told with doctrinal orthodoxy or austere respect, which is also........

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