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Finding Christ in Narnia

Uploaded by crisscross586 on Mar 05, 2007

C.S. Lewis’ Aslan in, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, exactly mirrors Jesus Christ. Aslan’s sacrifice for a crime committed by Edmund is an exact mirror of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice for our sins. When Aslan is killed on the stone table and comes back to life he says, “That though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know” (Lewis, pg185). Christians see this “deeper magic” as the fact that Aslan, like Christ was there since the beginning of time, whereas the witch was not.

The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe is the story of four children – Peter (14), Susan (12), Edmund (10) and Lucy (8) – who are evacuated to the countryside in order to protect them from air raids in London. In the house of Professor Digory Kirke they discover a room that contains only a wardrobe (Vincent). Surprised when the wardrobe door opens, Lucy steps inside the enormous closet to find a snowy wood at the back of it. Intrigued, she explores the wood, knowing that the safe wardrobe is still behind her. Eventually she meets a faun, a creature that is half goat and half man (Hourihan, Ch. 1-2).

Then, all the children enter the wardrobe and discover the enchanted Land of Narnia. In this land, the White Witch has cast a spell that has plunged Narnia into a perpetual iciness where it is “always winter and never Christmas”(Lewis, pg118). But even under her curse, the beauty of Narnia remains evident. At Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s house, the four children are told that “Aslan is on the move”(Lewis, pg141). At this point in the story, the children are only aware of the Witch and her evil spell over Narnia. They have never heard of Aslan, but the mere mention of his name provokes a curious and unique response in each child (Vincent):

“And now a very curious thing happened. None of the children knew who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken [his name] everyone felt quite different.... At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And...

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Date:   03/05/2007

Category:   Religion

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