C.S. Lewis and Narnia: Faith Inside the Wardrobe
CINCINNATIMillions of people who grew up reading C.S. Lewiss classic The Chronicles of Narnia
are in for a thrill on December 9 of this year when the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
will be released to audiences nationwide. But many of those lifelong fans may not know that theyre watching a film heavily
laced with Christian ingredients, thanks to its deeply religious author.
The movie, its Christian author and
the religious symbolism of the movie and books are featured in the December
issue of St. Anthony Messenger in an
article entitled, C.S. Lewis and Narnia: Faith Beyond the Wardrobe. Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P., who writes St. Anthony
Messengers Eye on Entertainment column, sits down with three people from
Walden Mediaa motion picture production companyto discuss the making of the
film. After November 21, the article will be found at: AmericanCatholic.org.
With a keen understanding of children and literature, C.S. Lewis, then a professor at
Oxford, wrote The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950. The story, about four siblings who stumble upon an
enchanted and perilous world called Narnia and fight for its freedom alongside the
great lion Aslan, became a classic among children and adults alike. The religious
symbolism behind the book charmed Christian readers as well. Author Mary
Margaret Keaton writes, Aslan represents Christ who offered his life in place of ours, whose death and resurrection won our freedom and
redemption. In Aslans loneliness, we recognize Jesus agony in the garden; and
in Aslans resurrection, the Easter story.
Adapting such a literary classic was an undertaking that Micheal Flaherty, Randy Testa and Deborah
Kovacs of Walden Media did not take lightly. They feel this movie will enchant
audiences who are familiar with Lewiss books and those who arent. Our goal
is to interpret the book faithfully into a film that audiences will delight in,
Although the Christian ingredients within Lewiss books are unmistakable, the greater theme of
goodness is what anchors the story and the film. It is a reaffirmation of
humanity, of all that is good and important in human beings, Testa says.
Lewis valued and felt it was important to nourish the imagination. Like eating
and drinking, the imagination needs nourishment no matter how old a person is.
granted to reprint this release.