Narnia and Christianity

The Chronicles of Narnia are often said to be allegories of Biblical stories. This is not precisely true. While the fact that Aslan is very much a Christ figure and many of the events of the stories carry with them Christian themes and significance cannot be debated, Lewis himself stated that he never intended for the stories to be allegories. Rather, he said, they are 'supposals'. Rather than trying to rewrite the events of the Bible against a different backdrop (as would be the case with an allegory), Lewis describes his writing of the Chronicles this way:

I don't say. 'Let us represent Christ as Aslan.' I say, 'Supposing there was a world like Narnia, and supposing, like ours, it needed redemption, let us imagine what sort of Incarnation and Passion and Resurrection Christ would have there.'

Thus, while the events in The Lion, the With, and the Wardrobe (LWW) may parallel in many respects the Christian Passion, Lewis' intent was not to write an allegory as such. In fact, Lewis set out to do nothing more than to write a children's book. As he himself explained:

Some people seem to think I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children... I couldn't write in that way at all. Everything began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn't even anything Christian about the; that element pushed in of its own accord.

All of this being said, however, the Christian themes and messages in all of the Chronicle stories are undeniable. As a Christ-figure, Aslan is largely consistent with the Christ described in the Bible, and the messages of Christian forgiveness, grace and faith are clearly spelled out on nearly every page.