Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia Essay

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Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis, a well-known author and apologist, is best known by people of all

ages for his seven volume series entitled The Chronicles of Narnia. As Lewis

wrote about the land of Narnia, an imaginary world visited by children of this

world, he had two obvious purposes: to entertain the readers and to suggest

analogies of the Christian faith. Although some feel that his stories are

violent, Lewis is successful at using fiction to open peoples' hearts to

accepting Christ as their Savior because he first entertains the audience with a

wonderful story.

Lewis talked about how he came to write the books of Narnia, saying that they
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But how should Lewis go about getting past those who are

not open to the idea of Christianity? He believed that the best way to do this

was to present it in a fictional world, a world in which it would be easier to

accept. The audience grows to love Aslan and everything that he symbolizes; they

begin to wish for someone like Aslan in this world. After finding this love for

Aslan, they will ideally transfer that love to Christ when presented with the

Gospel later in life. It is important to remember that The Chronicles of Narnia

are successful because many readers do not realize the resemblance of Aslan to

Jesus Christ. Even though Christian themes are present, the Chronicles are not

dependent on them (Schakel 132). Peter J. Schakel, a professor of English at

Hope College in Holland, Michigan, states that 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" (132). For this reason, "the Narnian stories have been so successful

in getting into the bloodstream of the secular world" (Hooper 99).

Hooper discusses how Lewis will be successful in sharing the gospel if he can

get past the "partition of
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