Page 1 Introduction
Wine Is a Mocker
Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
C.S. Lewis certainly had some strange women in his stories - both "good" and bad. He also uttered extremely perverse things in his books. The poison of "that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan," (Rev. 20:2) is clearly visible in his life. It is hardly surprising then that he was a drunkard.
Lewis' appetite for beer, rum and wine is visible in the fact that the characters consume them regularly in his Chronicles. This is mostly by the good characters. Not only does he put it in the stories, but it is associated in certain cases with revelry and partying. (Photo: Memorial plaque for Lewis at "The Eagle and Child" pub.)
This list will not be complete, but serve to give you an idea of how drinking is being represented for children. In parentheses (with purple text) are the lessons Lewis is teaching and my comments.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Voyage of the Dawntreader
The Last Battle
LETTER FROM A READER-- Sept. 16, 2000
I was browsing thru your site after my previous e-mail and came across this in your section on C.S. Lewis: One of Lewis' favorite pubs, "The Eagle and Child," familiarly known as "The Bird and Baby." This inn-sign is actually a representation of the pagan god Zeus/Jupiter in the form of an eagle carrying off a boy called Ganymede to Olympus to serve as a sexual plaything. I don't know whether that was why Lewis was attracted to it, but it can hardly be coincidental that such a foul and disgusting image should be associated with a pub frequented by such a person as Lewis.
(See www.ecsel.psu.edu/~rreynold/Ganymede.htm for confirmation.)
Bless you, Hugh Anka
Lewis portrays smoking as a sort of "good old boy" thing done by the manly sort of characters such as dwarfs, the "marsh-wiggles," etc. Now it is generally accepted among Christians that smoking is unacceptable for several reasons. 1) It is known to kill and destroy the body. 1Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 2) For that reason it cannot be done "heartily, as to the Lord..." Colossians 3:23, nor "to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31. 3) It is terrible stewardship because of the cost. Proverbs 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance... Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Lewis is propagandizing to children. The tobacco industry owed him a cut of the profit. (Wonder if anyone ever thought to sue his estate for damages of being influenced to smoke by his books? :-)
In parentheses (with purple text) is the lesson Lewis is teaching.
The Silver Chair
Here we come to a very strange thing that C.S. Lewis included in his story. As if the references to liquor and tobacco were not enough, he makes a very covert reference to hashish, or marijuana.
When Edmund meets the "White Witch" she gives him first a strange drink, as described previously. She then asks him what he would like best to eat, and to his reply, makes him a box of Turkish Delight by means of her magic. Lewis portrays "Edmund" as eating this greedily, and the more he eats the more he wants it. In other words, he becomes addicted. This is explained in that the witch (or "Queen") knows that the Turkish Delight is "enchanted" and that once a person has tasted it, they will want more and more of it and if allowed to would eat themselves to death. She promises "Edmund" all the Turkish Delight he can eat for the rest of his life if he will bring his sibling to her, and he leaves after begging for just one more piece. (p.32-36; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Lewis' Turkish Delight is not an enchanted candy from fairyland, though.
In the book Marihuana: The First Twelve Thousand Years by Ernest Abel (New York and London, Plenum Press, 1980), we find out where Lewis got his "inspiration" for "enchanted" Turkish Delight.
"As in India, local officials in Egypt were alarmed at the large numbers of inhabitants who used hashish directly or in confections, many of which were exported to Europe. Among the variety of confectionery treats containing hashish that were sent abroad were 'Turkish Delight,' square pieces of hashish containing sugar and gelatin which were a particular favorite of the students at Cambridge University in England.(p. 133.)
"It was not that the English were above using drugs that altered consciousness, but rather that they were more content with alcohol, and saw little need to experiment with mind-altering drugs. Those who did were either members of minority groups, artists, writers, criminals, or students. It was the isolated cases that came to the attention of the press and gave the impression that hashish was rampant in parts of England.
"One such case took place in 1886 in the dormitories of staid old Cambridge University. According to a newspaper report, some students had obtained 'Turkish Delight' and not being experienced users of the hashish-laden confection, had taken an overdose and became ill as a result. Oxford also had its share of cannabis users. (pp. 165-166.)"(1)
As we shall see further on, Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are nothing more than a manual of witchcraft for children. What Lewis is doing here is introducing the use of drugs in sorcery. This is commonly used in the Craft. However, the secret meaning here will only be recognized buy the "initiate," so what is the big deal? Simply this, the seed has been planted, and if given the proper attention by the devil's servants, human or otherwise, it can later be developed into something. There are probably quite a few children who would be foolish enough to try "Turkish Delight" or something similar "just like in The Chronicles of Narnia." As a matter of fact, kids have been given drugs in candy. What an "interesting" lesson for the kiddies from Mr. Lewis!!
Acts 8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
Some information for this article was obtained from a documented paper written by an unknown author. We wish that we could give the proper credit, but the Lord knows who they are, and will reward them properly on that day!