narnia

Heaven and Hell as Idea and Image in C. S. Lewis

  • May 07, 2010
  • Peter J. Schakel
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C. S. Lewis was deeply interested in heaven. In his nonfiction prose he frequently discussed the nature of heaven (and, less frequently, the nature of hell) and explained how to take part in it. In his works of fiction he created several striking descriptions of what heaven (and, in less …

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Echoes of Eden

  • Nov 10, 2009
  • Jerram Barrs
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by Jerram Barrs I want to begin by explaining why I chose this title. First, we go back all the way to Lewis’ childhood. From a very early age Lewis had loved fairy stories, legends and myths. He delighted particularly in the myths of the Norsemen – the sagas of …

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New Starts: Looking at the World Rightly

  • Oct 23, 2009
  • Devin Brown
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Near the end of chapter seven of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the narrator steps in to tell us about the change that has occurred in the formerly obnoxious Eustace. It would be nice, and fairly nearly true, to say that “from that time forth Eustace was a different …

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Conversations with C.S. Lewis

  • Aug 04, 2009
  • Robert Velarde
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Robert Velarde is author of Conversations with C.S. Lewis (IVP, 2008), a creative book that uses an imaginary conversation with C.S. Lewis as its main premise. In so doing, Velarde enlivens episodes of Lewis’s life by using much of what Lewis wrote about to fuel the conversation between Lewis and …

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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

  • May 25, 2009
  • Louis Markos
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There are few characters in literature who embody positive goodness more powerfully than Aslan. In his presence, the children feel at once a sense of joy and fear, an ecstasy mingled with terror, an intimation of both the actively sublime and the passively beautiful. Aslan is neither a pretty object …

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Planet Narnia Spin, Spun Out

  • May 13, 2009
  • Devin Brown
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In both his book and in his essay here on cslewis.com, Michael Ward lists me as someone who holds a different position than he does on the mixture of images Lewis uses in The Chronicles of Narnia, and so I am happy to have been invited to present another point …

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Lurching Back to My Lamppost

  • May 08, 2009
  • Christi A. Foist
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In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the central characters first enter Narnia by way of a massive and surprisingly deep wardrobe at the back of which they find themselves standing in a strange and foreign winterland, next to a lamppost. That beacon becomes a kind of …

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Narnia and the Seven Heavens

  • Apr 28, 2009
  • Michael Ward
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Ever since they were published in the 1950s, C.S. Lewis’s seven Chronicles of Narnia have puzzled readers. The puzzle has to do with the fact that the seven stories have no obvious unifying theme. Three of the books seem to be clear Biblical allegories. The Lion, the Witch and the …

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Letter to My Goddaughter

  • Apr 02, 2009
  • Sarah Arthur
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Dear Grace, I wish your godfather and I could be there for your confirmation next Sunday, but it looks like this letter will have to do instead (not that I could be any more eloquent in person). I feel rather like C. S. Lewis when he was writing to his …

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Skeptical of the Skeptic

  • Mar 27, 2009
  • Devin Brown
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Part C. S. Lewis-biography, part literary analysis, The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia is, at its heart, the story of a journey. The first step came when its author, Laura Miller, was given a copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by her second grade teacher. …

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