Religion in Narnia

When the Chronicles of Narnia books were first released, they quickly became very popular with children. The popularity grew, and now they are enjoyed by both children and adults alike. C.S. Lewis, author of the series, brought in elements of christiaNarnianity, Greek and Roman mythology, as well as British and Irish folk stories.

Although Lewis didn’t initially go out to include Christian references in series of books, they simply occurred as he wrote them. While Lewis was an expert in allegory, he insisted that his books were not allegory. Lewis certainly did not deny any christian links and themes in his books, he only denied that it was planned.

Aslan, the talking lion, was the first main elements that seemed to appear to Lewis as he started developing the story. He had been dreaming of lions quite regularly. The talking lion is what started bringing the whole story of Narnia together. Aslan is the figure representing Christ. His death for the traitor Edmund, and his resulting resurrection is one of the clearest representation of biblical stories. However, Lewis did not want his works to be reduced to ‘ideas’. His literature was art, complex and carefully made, and should be boiled down to simply a set of ideas. Lewis also believed that stories should tell you their morals, it wasn’t the reader’s place to fit a moral into a story.

In 2005 the film version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe the producers of the film hoped to increase their reach to religious audiences, by bringing out the christian elements of the story. They partnered with christian institutions to get access to the religious audience. EMI also released an album ‘Music Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ with music from Contemporary Christian music artists.

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