C.S. Lewis and Christianity and the Narnia Books<br />Eric V. Ives<br />English 1102<br />Elizabeth M. Owens<br />February 27, 2011<br />
C.S. Lewis<br /><ul><li> Raised in Christian house and became an atheist after the death of his mother.
September 1929 J.R.R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson convinced Lewis of the truth in Christianity.
Lewis changed the focus of his writing toward his new found faith.
Wrote this way for more then 30 years and symbols Christianity can be seen in many of his works.</li></li></ul><li>The Chronicles of Narnia<br />The Magician’s Nephew<br />The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe<br />
Aslan in “The Magicians Nephew”<br /><ul><li> Represents all that is good in Narnia.
Created the world of Narnia in a way similar to the way God created our world and gave life to the people of Narnia as God did for humans.
In the book of Genesis it is written "the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being" (Gen 2:7). It is written in Lewis’ story as “The Lion opened his mouth...he was breathing out a long, warm breath; it seemed to sway all the beasts as the wind sways a line of trees" (Lewis 108). </li></li></ul><li>Aslan in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”<br /><ul><li> Represents Jesus Christ and Lewis uses him by retelling certain events of Jesus’ life in a way that is easy for children to understand.
The sins of treachery Edmund has committed are symbolic of the sins of humanity and Aslan dying for Edmund’s sin is symbolic of Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of humanity. “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).
After Aslan is killed he is resurrected just like Jesus is resurrected after being crucified. </li></li></ul><li>C.S. Lewis to a Fan <br /><ul><li> Lewis admits the presence of Christian symbolism in the books.
Responds to a letter he received from a child pointing out some of the Christian symbolism.
“The creation of Narnia is the Son of God creating a world…The Passion and Resurrection of Aslan are the Passion and Resurrection Christ might be supposed to have had in that world (Narnia)…Edmund is like Judas a sneak and a traitor. But unlike Judas he repents and is forgiven” (Dorsett 92-93). </li></li></ul><li>Enjoying the Books <br />Christian symbolism is apparent in the books of Narnia, the reader does not have to understand the symbolism or even know that they are there in order to enjoy these books.<br />“A non-Christian reader can approach the book as a fictional story and be moved by the exciting adventures and the archetypal meanings, and not find the Christian elements obtrusive or offensive, for this reason, the Narnian stories have been so successful in getting into the bloodstream of the secular world" (Hooper 99)<br />
Works Cited<br />Dorsett, Lyle W. and Marjorie Lamp Mead. C.S. Lewis Letters to Children. <br /> New York: Macmillian Publishing Company, 1985.<br />Graves, Arthur. They Stand Together: The letters of C.S. Lewis to Arthur Graves.<br /> London: Harper Collins Publishing, 1979.<br />Hooper, Walter. Past Watchful Dragons: The Narnian Chronicles of C. S. Lewis. <br /> New York: Collier Books, 1979.<br />Koop, David and Heather Koop. Roar: A Christian Family Guide to the Chronicles of<br />Narnia. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Publishing, 2005. <br />Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. London: Harper Collins Publishing,<br /> 2008.<br />Lewis, C.S. The Magician’s Nephew. London: Harper Collins Publishing, 2005.<br />New International Version Bible. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers Inc, 1997.<br /> Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1997.<br />Schakel, Peter J. Reading with the Heart: The Way Into Narnia. Grand Rapids, <br /> Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1979. <br />