Into the Depths of

in C. S. Lewis'
The Chronicles of Narnia

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"How much do I love thee, thou guru of the Tash?"
Letter from a reader who is mad about our treatment of Lewis
I feel quite infuriated at this website which denounces C.S. Lewis so harshly and unjustly. He himself that his stories were meant to be like "a flower whose smell reminds you of something you can't quite place" (The Land of Narnia, p.90.) Namely, they are supposed to remind one of Christ's life, death, and resurrection. They are not meant to follow, bit by bit, the bible.

It appalls and saddens me to see Lewis viewed in this manner. He did not worship the sun, nor did he put this sun-worship nonsence into a children's book. Consider that every direction is in the Narnia series, not just east. Shasta and Aravis travel from the south; Poly and Digory go west on Fledge; and Eustace and Jill travel north in search of Prince Rilian. In fact, the final direction of the good characters of Narnia is west rather than east- in The Last Battle, heading "further up and further in". In a nutshell, what I am trying to say here is that this acusation is rediculous, looking too far into insignificant matters.

I have lost count of the number of times I have read the Narnia series, though I believe it to be twenty-four. I started reading them over seven years ago, in third grade. I can honestly say that the seven Narnia books have since helped me become closer to the Lord. I am very thankful that Lewis wrote them, and I know that I am in the majority rather than the minority in this view.

"I'm so thankful that you realized the 'hidden story' in the Narnian books. It is odd, children nearly always do, grown-ups hardly ever." wrote Lewis once to a young reader.

 

Page 1 Introduction
Page 2 Theological beliefs

Page 4 Liquor, Tobacco and Drugs
Page 5 Sun Worship
Page 6 Further Into the Depths of Satan
Page 7 Dionysus, Bacchus, Silenus and the Maenads
No one under 18 without parental permission, please.

If you have not read the first part of this article, please go to Page 1 Introduction.

C. S. Lewis' most famous books are perhaps the Chronicles of Narnia, his occult, fantasy books for children.  In them he went to great lengths to glorify and promote many occult ideas.  While some maintain that the spiritual idea behind the fantasy is the truth of scripture, the cold hard facts point in the completely opposite direction.  He was introducing children to witchcraft through esoteric (hidden meanings) writings. Let's take a closer look.

First of all, it is necessary to get some background in order to see where C. S. Lewis was headed with his "fantasy" stories.  Lewis was good friends with Charles Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien (author of the occultic Lord of the Rings Trilogy).  All three were part of a group of writers called the "Inklings."  Of this group, one friend felt that Williams, and maybe Tolkien, were the two that influenced Lewis' thinking the most. Williams, a professing Christian, was especially close to him and taught Lewis the "white witchcraft" delusion of being able to take someone's pain for them and suffer it in one's own body.  They cast this "talent" in a Christian light, and Lewis later claimed to have this ability and to have used it on behalf of his wife. (1)   Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.   Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.

The writings of these three Inklings are so overt in mixing paganism with alleged Christianity, that one reprobate has even suggested them as a shining example for bringing neo-paganism and Christianity together "peacefully!" http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/xnpaglit.htm

Lewis and Williams also drank and smoked together (2) which is hardly surprising considering how often drinking wine and strong drink is mentioned in Lewis' "children's" books!  Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.  (Photo:  One of Lewis' favorite pubs, "The Eagle and Child," familiarly known as "The Bird and Baby.")

Charles Williams was also a member of the highly devilsh, Qabalistic "Order of the Golden Dawn," and was an active member for several years. (The "Order of the Golden Dawn" was primarily made up of mystical "christians" and former followers of Madame Blavatsky that still adhered to Luciferianism.) A number of his works reflect this. "Shadows of Ecstasy pulsates with the Hermetic dictum, 'as above, so below.' War in Heaven concerns the Grail, Many Dimensions the Philosopher's Stone, and The Place of the Lion the Platonic archetypes. We are confronted with the Tarot deck in The Greater Trumps, necromancey in All Hallow's Eve, and ghosts, witchcraft, and damnation in Descent into Hell."  (3)  We are warned in scripture that the friends we choose can influence us to evil, yet Lewis chose this blatantly ungodly man for his close friend. Proverbs 22:24 Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go: 25 Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.  Lewis not only got a snare to his own soul, he has tried to pass it on to children!

Lewis and Williams are said to have helped to keep the Luciferian concept of the Holy Grail alive. "The symbol of the Grail as a mysterious object of search and as the source of the ultimate mystical, or even physical, experience has persisted into the present century in the novels of Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis..."(4)  Lewis and his two writer buddies, Williams and J.R.R Tolkien, of the infamous Inklings, appear to be strongly connected with the Priory of Sion mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau; otherwise know as the so-called "holy bloodline" or "Merovingian" mystery which claims that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were wed, had children and that their descendants became the rightful royalty of Europe, particularly France and Scotland. (5)  It would hardly be surprising that Lewis would believe this blasphemous, repulsive lie since he had such a high regard for myths and had studied them so extensively. [See quote above.]  The so-called "holy bloodline" is also the same as or symbolised by the "holy grail."  

Some of the strange story lines which Lewis "invented" for his stories may not be so strange when compared with the mythology that surrounds the Priory of Sion mystery.  The simple fact that plain English school children could actually be royalty smacks of the hidden identity of the members of the "holy bloodline" today and for many years past.  Also, we find the "Prince Caspian"marries a wife who has "the blood of the stars" in her. (See chapters 13&14 in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and pg. 50 of The Silver Chair.)

Add to this the fact that Narnia is not a "make believe" place somewhere in Lewis' imagination, but an actual town that existed in Italy (later called Narni)(5), and you can see that Lewis may have been writing about things that he believed to be true. Strangely enough, the Priory of Sion farce resurfaced during the Middle Ages in Calabria, Italy; and then moved to France! (6)  (The existence of a Narnia as a real place on earth may account for Lewis' use of the expression "What on earth..." in the Chronicles thus placing all this fantastic story line soundly on our planet.  This then makes sense to those in witchcraft and paganism who believe the myths and idolatry from which he gleaned his plots, characters, etc. It is the doctrine of an invisible reality that can only be reached through magical means.)  (Photo: A tower in Narni, Italy.)

Remember that these books are passed off as being an allegory of God's truth.  In the first place, if this is so, then what is Lewis ashamed of that he must hide it so carefully in allegorical terminology? Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  And again, Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  If C.S. Lewis really believed on the Lord Jesus Christ (and there is good reason to believe he did not), then why was he so ashamed of the gospel?

As we study the Chronicles of Narnia, the dark and ugly truth will come to light. We will find that the symbolism that he used and things he included in the stories are extremely blasphemous.  In the end he is casting the truth of God as the same as and the fulfillment of paganism and witchcraft. (Remember the quotes on Christ fulfilling paganism in his theology!)

This seems like as good a place as any to dig in and see what we can find as we go:

Liquor, Tobacco and Drugs

Profanity and Blasphemy

Next, we find that C. S. Lewis put profanity and blaspheming of God's name in his book.  While this it most common in his Space Trilogy, it also appears in the Narnia books which are for children. Using profanity and swearing for "realism" is out of line to begin with, and especially so in books for kids!   Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  There are no exceptions made here for making fiction "realistic."  In fact, the Bible itself gives us an example of how this is to be handled even in a true account.   Matthew 26:72 And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

The Silver Chair -- "dam"  p.4
The Magician's Nephew -- "Gawd", "dem" three times. ("Dam" and "dem" stand for "damn." "Gawd" is "God.")
The word "ass" appears in 4 of the books.  Being British, it probably did not mean the same to him as it does to Americans (as a swear word), but he could have left it out, especially since he only used it four times and did use "donkey" in other places.  However, considering the filthy state of his mind, it is possible that he thought this cute.

Added to this, in these Narnia books we find the "good guys" swearing by Aslan.  Now, IF Aslan is really a picture of Christ, as some would assure us, then would it not follow that swearing by his name is blasphemy?  When the Narnians swear "by the mane of Aslan" or "by the Lion's mane" would it not equal swearing by the Jesus' whiskers (commonly shortened to "jeewhiz") if Aslan is really a picture of Christ?  And wouldn't it follow that "by Aslan" would equal "by God" and "what in the name of Aslan" would equal "what in God's name" if these people's claims are accurate? Why would Lewis be so careless?  It certainly does not fit the picture of a "good, godly Christian" as he was supposed to be!

On p. 191 of The Horse and His Boy, Aravis says to the horse Bree,  "Why do you keep on swearing by the Lion and by the Lion's Mane?  I thought you hated lions."  To this Lewis has Bree reply, "so I do, but when I speak of the Lion, of course I mean Aslan.  All Narnians swear by him." [emphasis added]  

Here we turn our attention to the darker and esoteric meanings of the Chronicles of Narnia.  As we progress with this study it will become clear that C. S. Lewis was not glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ with these stories, but rather was putting forth sun worship and other pagan idolatry and witchcraft by using hidden meanings and symbolism.  Since he professed to believe that Christ was the fulfillment of paganism ("...as I believe, Christ,...fulfills both Paganism and Judaism..."; p. 129; Reflections on the Psalms) it is not surprising that there are things in these books that would lead one to think that Lewis was writing an allegory of Christianity; but, when his terminology, characters, and such are examined closely it becomes apparent that he had something else on his mind.  

Remember, his good friend, Charles Williams, was a member of the "Order of the Golden Dawn."  This group is to have been originally composed of two groups -- some professing Christianity, and some who had left Madam Blavatsky's Theosophical Society and did not profess Christianity.  So, C.S. Lewis had this imputed into his thinking as well as his medieval studies, which abounded in pagan ideas and superstition.

When Lewis has Bree say, "All Narnians swear by him" an interesting point comes to light.  All Christians do not swear by Christ or God.  In fact, Christians that are trying to ...live godly in Christ Jesus... (2Timothy 3:12 ) know that this is totally unacceptable for a Christian!  Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  On the other hand, all sun worshippers do swear by the sun! Mr. Lewis has condemned himself by his own words!   Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.


Sun Worship
Further Into the Depths of Satan

by Mary Van Nattan

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(1) Light on C. S. Lewis; written by various of his friends and edited by Jocelyn Gibb; p. 63.
(2) Essays Presented to Charles Williams; edited by C. S. Lewis.  From the preface.
(3) "HERMETIC IMAGINATION: THE EFFECT OF THE GOLDEN DAWN ON FANTASY LITERATURE"; Charles A. Coulombe; http://www.thinline.com/~ccoulomb/hermetic.html
(4) From Portico - The British Library's Online Information Server; http://portico.bl.uk/exhibitions/mythical/grail.html
(5) From the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1963 edition, vol. 16, p.119; "a town and episcopal see of the province of Terni, region of Umbria, Italy...picturesquely situated on a lofty rock (787 ft.)...taken by the Romans in 299 B.C....According to some author, the emperor Nerva was born at Narnia.  The town played a considerable part in military history.  In the middle ages Narni was under papal power..."  It is also the geographic center of Italy. http://www.videonet.it/servizi/aziende/fort/pronaing.htm     Added to this, Narni has a large medieval festival every year in May.  One of the events is "The Race of the Ring."  http://www.videonet.it/servizi/aziende/fort/enteing.htm    Whether Lewis had a knowledge of Narni and it's customs, is uncertain, but there are things that seem to connect.
(6) "The Mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau and the Prieure du Sion"; by Steve Mizrach; http://www.clas.ufl.edu/users/seeker1/fortpages/rennes-sion.html

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 will reward them properly on that day!

 

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