Saturday, January 10, 2015

Discovering God in Narnia

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I received my first copy of The Chronicles of Narnia when I was eight years old. The black cover held a stunning gold lion, who lived in the embossed cover, and while staring at its eyes I knew that The Chronicles of Narnia was going to be memorable. 

Looking back on those Narnian hours, I can now say that, outside of scripture, Narnia was the first place I had discovered God within literature. Beginning with The Magician's Nephew I found a creation story; moving to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe I found the atonement and resurrection. The Last Battle is eschatology in a children's story, and the allegories continue. 

As a child, these allegorical connections were thrilling and enchanting. I felt I had discovered a secret tale of a bygone land, woven with truths that must make God real. So I kept reading. To my young self, reading became the chance to unlock ideas and unseen realities that helped me understand the abstraction of divinity and the dichotomy of good and evil. When placed within the fantastic realm of lions, children, fauns, and witches, my faith became simple: God was real because if he wasn't then we couldn't have stories like The Chronicles of Narnia.

And Aslan is just one example of how literature can help us come to know God. As Edmund asked, "Are-are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there." 

How lucky that I discovered God in Narnia because it is trueby knowing Aslan there, I came to know God better here. 


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  2. I, too, saw much of God in the Narnia books. I didn't read the books until I was a little older, but my siblings and I loved to watch the (ancient) animated movie version of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" as young children. Even at that age, we could see that Aslan was Jesus. The more I've studied C.S. Lewis and his works, though, the more impressed I've become and the intricacy and completeness of his metaphors. He's a great introduction to literature for anyone.

  3. That scene honestly brings me to tears every time! There is a reason CS Lewis is quoted in almost every General Conference. God can be found everywhere and finding him in something I love dearly, literature, writes that message in my heart. If we look for God we will find Him and l love of often He is found in literature. I love how clear His representation is in Aslan to the point that even if not religious one can see that Aslan represents the Lord.