C.S. Lewis is a famous Christian writer who often places Christian and Biblical themes within his novel. Arguably his most famous work is the fantastical children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia, which begins with Book One: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. In this novel, four children travel to a magical world called Narnia, where they ultimately enter into a battle between good and evil (and so begins the Biblical hints).
The most apparent parallel is between Aslan and Jesus, especially that of his crucifixion. Aslan is the lion ruler of Narnia, who has been overtaken by the White Witch (who represents Satan). In the story, Aslan is betrayed by Edmund (one of the children, who is tempted by the White Witch) and is subsequently killed on an alter-like structure. Just like Jesus, Aslan is resurrected three days later and proceeds to triumph over evil.
Edmund represents multiple negative personas from the Bible. Like Eve, in the garden of Eden, he is tempted by evil and succumbs to it. His character is also reminiscent of Judas, who betrayed Jesus, just as Edmund betrays his siblings because of greed. But most importantly, Edmund represents all of mankind, for whom Jesus sacrificed himself to save. Aslan makes a deal with the White Witch to die in return for Edmund’s life.
Lewis’ adaptation of certain Biblical tales and themes effectively transitions from a dense, hard-to-read text to a simplified children’s tale. As opposed to the Bible, children are more likely to read a book written precisely for them, with characters they relate to and a magical world they can escape to. Though the themes and events are heavy subjects, eventually good triumphs. Lewis also takes an ancient collection of books and condenses it into a moderately short story that is modernized for those who view the Bible is too old to be relevant. With this novel, we see that the struggle between good and evil never ends, and though there are always sinners, there is always redemption when one confesses and seeks forgiveness.