The Chronicles of Narnia Imagery

I am always pleased when I see Chronicles of Narnia referenced in other books. The pictures C.S. Lewis presents in his seven chronicles are used over and over again to illustrate other points. Here are some references to Narnia that I have come across recently. I enjoy the Chronicles of Narnia so much that whenever I read a book where an author references or alludes to Narnia, I give a small, internal sigh of happiness.

“…like Narnia’s Aslan, gracious and compassionate Yahweh (Ex 34:6) isn’t to be trifled with. He is good, but not ‘safe.'” Paul Copan in God is Great, God is Good p. 152

When I read this passage that Paul Copan wrote, I was immediately reminded of the feeling of safety and security I always had when reading the Chronicles of Narnia whenever Aslan appeared on the scene. There was always a knowledge that everything was going to be ok when Aslan showed up. The comparison between Aslan and God is helpful. The same holds true of God; there is a sense of security and safety in the knowledge of the goodness of God, and everything is going to be ok because God is invovled.

“Everyone noticed Jesus’ parables, short stories that invite the listener in and, if the listener stays long enough, either turns his world upside down or — like the wardrobe that gives children entrance into C. S. Lewis’s Narnia or the painting that welcomes Lewis’s Eustace aboard the Dawn Treader — draw him into a new world with a new vision that leads to a new life.” Scot McKnight in God is Great, God is Good p. 193

I have read the parables of Jesus countless times . . . so many times that it seems like when I read them now I almost don’t even pay attention to what I am reading. Yet Scot McKnight’s words bring to my attention the purpose of Jesus’s parables. I know how life changing it was for the Pevensie children to enter Narnia through the wardrobe, and it certainly shook Eustace’s world when he entered Narnia through the painting! The parables and teachings of Jesus are meant to do the same thing. They contain truths that challenged what people in the first century believed about God, and they should do the same for us. Jesus’s parables are meant to be life-changing.

This isn’t a reference in a book but Rebekah over at Bekahcubed recently used Digory Kirke as an illustration as to what it’s like to face an almost irresistible temptation. Because I’ve read The Magician’s Nephew, a picture is painted of what it’s like to want to do something and yet knowing it is not the right thing to do.

Reading Narnia is great fun because C. S. Lewis wrote beautiful stories. Yet, reading the Chronicles of Narnia is also helpful because so many authors draw upon various facets of Lewis’s stories to illustrate or make their own points.

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