Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On December 9, 2005, Disney Pictures released a live action version of C.S. Lewis's classic novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. This is the first book in the seven volume series, The Chronicles of Narnia. A cartoon version was made in the 1970's, followed by a TV live action mini-series in the 1980's. Lewis was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkein, author of The Lord of the Rings, and says that Tolkein was instrumental in his salvation. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a symbolic retelling of the Passion of the Christ.
Many churches used the release of the film The Passion of the Christ as an occasion to witness. I believe that churches and individual Christians should also use the release of this film to evangelize. In the past, some Christians tried to witness by forcing the Gospel into films like Star Wars and Superman. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the Gospel retold in symbolic form. As Aslan said in a later novel, "... I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. That was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there" (Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 216).
I recommend that Christians read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and learn to recognize the Gospel truth behind the symbolism. This should be an enjoyable assignment. Lewis is recognized as a great writer even by the secular media. His Narnia novels are exciting, well-written, and suitable for the whole family. School children can not only read them for entertainment and evangelism but for education as well. The Narnia novels can be used for school book reports. Imagine! Reading a Christian book for school and getting credit for it.
Lewis reading list:
The Screwtape Letters-- Devil's advice on tempting humans
The Narnia Chronicles -- The Story of Aslan
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength -- 3 Volume Science Fiction Series
Mere Christianity -- Basic Christian Doctrine
God in the Dock -- Essays on morals and ethics
Jesus is Lord.
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