August 6th, 2002

C. S. Lewis on Faith

As a child, I hadn't even heard of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series. I am catching up on that these days (very slowly, reading one book (out of the complete seven) every six months or so, amid all kinds of other reading).

I am now reading The Silver Chair, and as a grown-up I cannot ignore the strong Christian allegory that runs throughout the series. It is quite obvious to a reader familiar with the basic Christian myths. But C. S. Lewis has a way with words, and his allegory is usually gentle enough not to annoy me. Lewis's prose is kind, loving, sympathetic; his personal character rather shines through the text.

Every now and then, though, Lewis is quite obviously aiming to tackle an anti-Christian or anti-religious argument, and offers counter arguments woven into the matter of the story. I quote a brief speech made by the wonderful Marsh-wiggle Puddleglum. Collapse )
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