Title

The Lion of Judah in Never-Never Land: A Study of the Christian Philosophy in C.S. Lewis' Fantasies for Children

Publication Year

1956

Keywords

literature, Christianity, Christian philosophy, C.S. Lewis, fantasy, children's literature

Disciplines

Children's and Young Adult Literature | Christianity | Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Philosophy | Religion

Abstract

A critical review of C.S. Lewis' most recent children's book was instrumental in determining the subject of this paper. It follows:

"The Magician's Nephew has Mr. C.S. Lewis's usual virtues--admirable English, movement, moral, and enough but not too much description. But the present reviewer still cannot swallow Aslan, the deus ex machina of all his fairy tales. This personage is a highly moral and decorative lion who not only talks, admonishes and prophesies, but also sings. Surely Mr. Lewis should, all along, have had the courage of his convictions, and given Aslan the shape as well as the nature and functions of an archangel."--Amabel Williams-Ellis, Spectator, July 8, 1955.

Does Mr. C.S. Lewis lack the usual courage of his convictions in his fairy tales, and is the lion Aslan really an unfortunate substitution for an archangel? The purpose of this paper is to seek out an analyze the personal theological convictions of C.S. Lewis expressed in mythological form in his books for children.

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