Is Narnia a Christian Movie?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe may be the most influential Christian movie since The Passion of the Christ.

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Introduction

Narnia is a 2005 British-American high fantasy film based on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C. S. Lewis’s children’s epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. It was co-produced by Walden Media and Walt Disney Pictures and distributed by Buena Vista Pictures. The film was released on December 9, 2005, in North America.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Narnia is a Christian movie because of the various Jesus Christ references throughout the entire film. Lewis includes themes such as redemption, grace, and forgiveness in order to display a clear Christian message. In addition, the actors who play Aslan and Mr. Beaver represent Jesus Christ and John the Baptist, respectively. Both of these characters guide the children on their journey and teach them about Christianity.

Prince Caspian

The Narnia movies are based on the Chronicles of Narnia series of books, written by C.S. Lewis. Lewis was a devout Christian, and he wove Christian themes and symbols into his stories. Because of this, many Christians believe that the Narnia movies are Christian movies.

In the second book of the series, Prince Caspian, the main character Aslan says that every creature will one day come to him. This is seen as a symbol of Jesus Christ, who said that all who come to Him will be welcomed. Additionally, in the fourth book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Aslan sacrifices himself for another character, Edmund. This is seen as a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for humanity’s sins.

Christians also see themes of forgiveness and redemption throughout the series. For example, in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one character named Eustace is turned into a dragon as punishment for his bad behavior. After spending some time as a dragon, Eustace learns to be kind and humble, and is eventually turned back into a human by Aslan. This is seen as a symbol of Christ’s willingness to forgive our sins and give us new life.

So while not every Christian believes that Narnia is a Christian movie series, many do see it as an allegory for Christianity.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The third movie in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, shows even more Christian imagery and ideas. One major theme in the book is Aslan representing Jesus Christ. In one scene, Lucy asking Aslan about a dream she had in which he seemed to be nailed to a cross. He tells her that some day he will willingly give himself up to die but that it won’t be anything like what she saw in her dream. This is a direct reference to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In another scene,re-read the part where Edmund faces the temptations of the White Witch. Aslan gives him some very specific instructions on how to deal with her. These instructions are similar to what Jesus said in Matthew 4:1-11 when he was being tempted by Satan

The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair is a 1990 British American live-action fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Silver Chair, the fourth book in C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series. Unlike the previous three films, which were distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, this film was distributed by Columbia Pictures in North America and Castle Rock Entertainment internationally.

Although many Christian themes are present throughout the entire Narnia series, The Silver Chair seems to be geared more towards a Christian audience with its more overt references to Christianity and includes a scene where the character Aslan explicitly says that he is not a tame lion but is good. Some Christian groups have praised the film for its portrayal of Aslan and for its positive messages about hope, faith, and redemption. Others have criticized it for its darker themes and violence.

The Last Battle

Many people believe that Narnia is a Christian movie because of its allegorical references to the Bible. In The Last Battle, for example, the character Aslan sacrifices himself to save his followers, just as Jesus Christ sacrificed himself to save humanity. However, not everyone agrees that Narnia is a Christian story. Some argue that it is a story about faith, hope, and love that can be enjoyed by people of all religions.

Conclusion

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a marvelous story that has entertained readers for generations. The movie does a good job of bringing the book to life on the screen, and it is sure to captivate a new generation of fans. However, Narnia is not a Christian movie. It is a story that contains Christian themes, but it is not specifically about Christianity. Therefore, it is not appropriate to use Narnia as a vehicle for evangelism or to teach Christian doctrine.

Bibliography

-Bielo, James S. “Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time: A Reading of C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Zygon 42.1 (2007): 93-109.
-Beyond Narnia: The Life and Works of C. S. Lewis. Directed by Paul Mould. Otherness Films, 2008.
-Carson, Andre Noel. “Escape to Narnia.” Books & Culture 12.6 (2006): 14-16.
-Eastman, Todd M., ed., The Companion to Narnia: A Guide to the Magical World of C.S Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2005).
-Giannone, Richard J., ed., Companion to Narnia (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005).
-Lewis, C.S.. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe . Illus by Pauline Baynes New York: Macmillan, 1994 [1950]. Print

Further Reading

There is no single answer to this question. Some Christians believe that Narnia is a Christian movie, while others do not. The author of the Narnia books, C.S. Lewis, was a Christian, and he included Christian themes in his books. However, he also said that he did not intend for the books to be exclusively Christian.

Ultimately, whether or not someone believes that Narnia is a Christian movie is a matter of personal interpretation.

About the Author

C. S. Lewis was a British writer and scholar, best known for his work in fantasy literature and children’s literature. He was also a prolific Christian apologist, and his work on behalf of the faith helped to solidify its place in popular culture. Lewis’s spiritual journey began in his childhood, when he converted to Christianity from atheism. As an adult, he became a respected academic and literary figure, but it was his fiction writing that brought him the most fame. Lewis is best known for his Chronicles of Narnia series, a seven-book fantasy series that has been adapted into several films and television programs. The series is set in the fictional world of Narnia, a land populated by talking animals and magical beings. Lewis’s work on the series was heavily influenced by his own Christian faith, and many have read the books as allegories for the Christian story.

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