A world-famous series of fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis, entitled The Chronicles of Narnia, are praised as “Christian allegory” in many ecclesiastical circles. Lewis himself is described in many of these circles as “the greatest Christian writer of the twentieth century.” And now the first book in the series, entitled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, has been made into a blockbuster movie by Disney, apparently the first of a series of movies to be based on the Narnia novels. And “churches” have worked themselves up into a froth of excitement, convinced that this movie represents the greatest evangelistic opportunity since The Passion of the Christ. But as with that unscriptural Roman Catholic splatter-movie, so with this one: it just shows how biblically-illiterate and doctrinally confused vast numbers of churches are.
We will, first of all, examine what the Narnia stories are really all about; secondly, we will examine the facts about C. S. Lewis himself, the man and his beliefs; and thirdly, we will see how “churches” and professing “Christians” are promoting this movie, in their attempts to use it for “evangelism”. The truth about Narnia, and Lewis himself, is far, far darker than most “Evangelicals” these days would know, or, sadly, understand.
Facts About “The Chronicles of Narnia”
Millions of “Evangelicals” (along with Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Methodists, Pentecostals, Charismatics, etc.) claim that The Chronicles of Narnia are wonderful “Christian allegories”. Russ Bravo, development director for Christian Publishing and Outreach, said: “There are clear Christian parallels you can draw from the storyline” of the Narnia books. John Buckeridge, editor of Christianity Magazine, said: “There is a Christian parable in there”. And the neo-evangelical, ecumenical Christianity Today magazine, when recommending the Narnia series, said: “In Aslan [the lion in the stories], Christ is made tangible, knowable, real”; and: “Christ came not to put an end to myth but to take all that is most essential in the myth up into himself and make it real.” To which last quotation we have only one response: Huh? What utter nonsense!
It has been reported that Lewis claimed he did not intend to write “Christian allegory” when he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia for children. But this is impossible to believe, for there are just so many parallels, albeit in a pagan setting, with certain elements of the Gospel. Lewis, as a man who claimed to be a Christian (even though, as shall be shown, he certainly was not a true one), was certainly well aware of the parallels. He knew exactly what he was doing.
But here is something really sinister indeed: the Narnia books are sold not only in Christian bookstores, but in occult bookstores as well, and are recommended by the promoters of the occult game, “Dungeons and Dragons”!  Isn’t that astounding? A series of books, written by a man professing to be a “Christian”, and hailed by many professing “Christians” as “Christian allegory”, yet the message of which is such that occultists are happy to sell them! As shall be seen below, churches are rushing to support the movie, encouraging their flocks to see it, and yet as those professing to be “Christians” sit there watching it, they will doubtless be rubbing shoulders with witches, Satanists, and other occultists in the audience who will be deriving their own “message” from it! The professing children of light, sitting next to the children of darkness, watching the movie together, and both leaving the movie theatre satisfied, the one group convinced they have just seen a wonderful “Christian allegory”, the other group knowing that they have just seen an occult fantasy!
For this is precisely what the Narnia books are all about: occultism, heathen mythology, magic. Lewis most certainly borrowed many elements from his reading of the Bible, and did so deliberately; but at the same time, he draped the stories in outright occultism. It was his obvious intention to write stories which drew from both the Bible and from heathen mythology and false religion, and thus concoct a hybrid religious teaching, in line with his own deep fascination with, and attraction to, heathen mythology, magic and occultism. Let’s look at the facts.
The book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is about four children who step through a wardrobe into a magical world, called Narnia.
Many of the characters in this set of books are gods and demons from pagan mythology! Aslan is the god-like lion who very obviously depicts Christ in the stories; and yet in heathen mythology this lion represents the sun! In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan is said to be “coming and going”; to have “golden” eyes, face and fur; to have “warm breath”; to scatter golden beams of light; to be big and bright; etc. And according to the Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore and Symbols, by Gertrude Jobes, the sun is seen as a lion, golden in colour; with its breath symbolising the sun’s rays; etc. In addition, the ancient sun-worshippers believed that the sun died as it reached its southernmost point, bringing winter. It was “reborn”, or resurrected, when it returned northward, bringing spring. In the Narnia series, when Aslan returned to Narnia, it became spring; and after dying at night, he was resurrected in the early morning!
In another book in the series, Prince Caspian, the heathen god Bacchus appears, along with “wild girls.” Bacchus and others dance a wild “magic dance” in a “grove” (a place of heathen worship, Exod. 34:13; 1 Kings 15:13; 16:33; etc.), on “Midsummer night”, having been seated in a “wide circle around a fire”, with various kinds of wine available, and “wheaten cakes”. Lewis was simply copying the heathen doctrines surrounding Bacchus. For in paganism, Bacchus was the god of wine; he attracted women to him, who danced and were possessed with occult powers; Midsummer eve is a witches’ festival held on June 24; there is dancing, feasting, cakes and wine! Lewis even mentions the ritual cry, “EUOI”, in the book, and the fact that they wore fawn skins and ivy in their hair. All this is straight out of heathenism. In the rituals of Bacchus, the phallus was prominent, as was a hymn to the genitals! And so was the tearing apart of animals with bare hands, and devouring them.