But this book and film has far more going on than first meets the eye and is in fact an allegory Christian thinking about salvation how we sin, are redeemed through the death of Jesus and how his resurrection frees everyone. In fact Lewis disliked the term allegory and preferred it to be called a supposal. He said this is a letter to a Mr Higgins in 1962: “Suppose there were a Narnian world and it, like ours, needed redemption. What kind of incarnation and Passion might Christ be supposed to undergo there?”
- Aslan offers himself as a Substitute for Edmund; this is an exploration of the Theory of Atonement first proposed by Athanasius in the third century.
- Aslan dies on the stone table; this might represent the mosaic law, which breaks when Aslan is resurrected. In the same way Jesus overturns the strict justice of the Old Testament and perfects it with love of God and neighbour.
- As with Jesus’ death it is women who witness it and first meet the risen Aslan.
- Aslan’s visit to the White Witch’s’ castle to liberate those who were turned to stone by her represents the journey to hell to free sinners believed to be made by Jesus between his death and resurrection.
It is entitled “Reading between the lines: Religion in Fiction”. How does your favourite book relate to your views on religion or your ideas about the world? For example: Which book would lead you to believe in God? Which book would make you doubt God’s existence? Which book would solve religious conflict? Which book solves the Big Questions?
The entries will be no more than 500 words and must be submitted by 16th March 2015.
So my challenge to you is to seek out and read a book over the holiday to complete this competition!
Ideas of books, other than the Narnia books include:
“The Kite runner” by Khaled Hosseini
“The Green Mile” by Stephen King
"The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown
“The Screwtape letters” by CS Lewis
“The Tao of Pooh” by Bejamin Hoff
“The Shack” by William P Young
“The Art of Happiness” by The Dalai Lama
"The life of Pi" by Yann Martel
“I know why the caged bird sings” by Maya Angelou
“The Five people you meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
These books have various age ratings, so please get permission to read one from your parents if you are under 18. Or have a chat with friends and family to see if there are any books that they would recommend for this essay.