Friday, April 22, 2011

A Little C.S. Lewis on Good Friday

My littlest girls and I were just reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe of C.S. Lewis's Narnia series. I enjoyed these books prior to having kids, loved sharing them with a couple of our older daughters and now with our ten year old twins.

Lent is a particularly apt time to read this particular book of the series because of the Passion. Though Lewis himself pointed out the book isn't a strict allegory, the Christian themes are vivid. The lion, Aslan, is Christ. He takes the place of the sinner/traitor, Edmund, and goes willingly to his death on a stone table (think altar).

The chapter where Aslan walks slowly to the stone table is moving and reminiscent of the Stations of the Cross. He is accompanied by Susan and Lucy. (Think "Jesus meets the women") He even stumbles at one point. And like Jesus Christ, it is the women who are the first to see he's risen in the morning.

I remember reading (So sorry I don't have my notes about this. Perhaps some gentle reader can direct me where this is referenced) that Lewis said it's not strict enough to be an allegory, but it's more like if God created Narnia and Christ came in a lion form, this is what his sacrifice might be like.

Now we chose to read The Magician's Nephew prior to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. So the kids got to see Aslan singing Narnia into existence and understood his Godhood before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But I think any Christian will get it even if they don't read T.M.N. first, for Lewis makes it quite clear.

Have a blessed Good Friday.


  1. As for allegory in children's stories, you may be thinking of "On Three Ways of Writing for Children," an essay in "CS Lewis On Stories and other essays on literature", edited by Walter Hooper, Harvest/HBJ, 1982, 1966. Or it might be "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to be Said",' found in the same collection.
    Grace and peace,
    John Desjarlais

  2. Thank you so much, John. You are awesome! :)

    Have a blessed Easter!

  3. I loved reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe also. It most definitely has Christian themes. Great story for kids.

  4. Super for sure, Teresa. :)
    Thanks for stopping by!