“The Chronicles of Narnia”: Occult Fantasy of a Closet Roman Catholic

Throughout the Narnia books, Lewis writes about dryads, nymphs, satyrs, fauns, etc.  The Cromwell Handbook of Classical Mythology classifies these as demons.

His books also deal with such occult practices as alchemy, clairvoyance, astrology, crystal gazing, necromancy, magic, talismans, etc.  The Lord forbids such occult practices in many parts of His Word, e.g. Deut. 18:9-14; Gal. 5:20; Isa. 8:19,20; Acts 7:42,43.

What dark times we are living in, when professing “Christians” are so blind, so ignorant of biblical truth, that these stories are as acceptable to them as they are to occultists!  One has to wonder: what’s next?  We’ve already had such a blurring of good and evil that the television industry has already presented the world with stories of “good” witches (e.g. Charmed) and “good” vampires (Angel), that I would not be at all surprised if a movie or a TV series about a “Christian witch” or a “Christian vampire” was eventually made!  These days we can never say never!


C. S. Lewis and His Beliefs

  C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis lived from 1898 to 1963.  He was a writer, critic, professor of English literature, a man who held senior positions at Cambridge and Oxford universities, and he is praised (incorrectly) as a “Christian apologist.”  Since his death, sales of his books have risen to two million a year.  The ecumenical neo-evangelical, J. I. Packer, called him “our patron saint” (an interesting choice of title, considering that it is Romanists, and not Evangelicals, who have “patron saints”).[6]  According to the far-from-Evangelical Christianity Today magazine, September 7, 1998, Lewis “has come to be the Aquinas, the Augustine, and the Aesop of contemporary Evangelicalism” (an interesting choice of “heroes”, considering that Aquinas was a Roman Catholic apologist, Augustine was a persecutor of true Christians and an early “Catholic” in doctrine, and Aesop, although he taught many moral truths with his stories, was a heathen).  Wheaton College sponsored a lecture series on Lewis, and Eerdmans, the “Christian” publishing house, published “The Pilgrim’s Guide” to C. S. Lewis.[7]  But despite the fact that Lewis’ books on “Christian” apologetics rank him, in the minds of many – Romanist, Anglican, liberal, “Evangelical” – as one of the most brilliant defenders of Christianity in the twentieth century, the facts tell a very different story indeed.  It is enough of a danger sign to know that he is so admired by Roman Catholics, Protestants, conservatives and liberals – quite obviously then, he was not a sound theologian, but a man who was significantly “broad-based” and ecumenical; but there is certainly plenty of evidence to show just what kind of a “Christian apologist” he really was.

From a very young age, Lewis was fascinated by, and attracted to, occult fantasy and fiction; for example, Norse and Celtic mythology, magic, etc.  He was to immerse himself in Norse mythology.  By the age of 12, he was “hooked” on fantasy, elves, etc.  And he himself said that he came to the very frontiers of hallucination.  His favourite literature in his early years included E. Nesbit’s occult fantasy works.  Twenty-five years after he claimed to have become a Christian (he was clearly never truly converted, however), he said that he still read these with delight.  And this ungodly mixture of light and darkness, of a little truth mixed with magic, myth, etc., comes out in his various writings.[8]  He also immersed himself in the writing of the atheist and early science fiction author, H. G. Wells.  At school, he attended a high Anglo-Catholic “church”.  But as time went by, not surprisingly, he gradually dropped what he thought was his “Christianity” in favour of occultism, particularly the Norse mythologies.

At the age of 27, he met J. R. R. Tolkien, and they became close friends.  Tolkien, author of the occult fantasy, Lord of the Rings, was a devout Roman Catholic.  He wrote to his son Michael: “Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament [i.e. the Roman Catholic mass]”.[9]  Another son, John, became a priest of Rome.

Tolkien enrolled Lewis in his club, the “Coalbiters”, which existed for the study and propagation of Norse mythology!  It is one thing to study what the ancient heathen believed; but to actually desire to propagate it, and yet call oneself a Christian!  This reveals very plainly that Lewis was no Christian at all.  A true Christian desires only to propagate the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ – not the lies of ancient heathenism, with all their evil deities which were nothing less than demons receiving the worship of their blinded followers! (1 Cor. 10:20; Deut. 32:16,17).

Tolkien and Lewis would meet weekly to drink, smoke, and discuss each others’ stories.  Lewis apparently enjoyed drinking copious amounts of beer – hardly the testimony of a converted man![10]

Tolkien would speak to Lewis about the Roman Catholic “christ”; and he worked on Lewis until he accepted the story of Christ as (wait for this!) a “true myth.”  What???  This is an oxymoron if ever there was one.  Either the story of Christ is true, or it is myth.  It cannot be both.  There is no such thing, and cannot be any such thing, as a “true myth.”  It is blasphemous to speak of the account of the Lord and Saviour in this way.[11]  But it fits in perfectly with Lewis’ love of mythology, which he was steeped in.

Lewis eventually joined the Anglican institution, and was Anglo-Catholic in doctrine.  However, he was greatly influenced by the Roman Catholic, Tolkien; and at heart, Lewis was clearly a “closet Papist.”  He was certainly no Evangelical!  The ecumenical Christianity Today magazine, which praises Lewis and recommends his Narnia books, still had to admit that Lewis was “a man whose theology had decidedly unevangelical elements”.[12]  And even the neo-evangelical ecumenical author, J. I. Packer, who used Papist language and called Lewis “our patron saint”, admitted that Lewis was “no such thing” as an Evangelical; and yet he has become the most widely-read supposed “defender” of “Christian” basics among professing “Evangelicals!”[13]