If you haven’t yet seen the newest Chronicles of Narnia movie, check it out! I personally thought The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was the best of the three. It’s a great family flick and will inspire an opportunity for deeper discussion with the young folks in your family. I do suggest a little caution with small children, especially if they are bothered by scary monsters.
I won’t give any spoilers, other than to say that the film exemplifies the idea that we can only obtain the power to defeat sin through a relationship with the living Christ. Jesus in this case is represented by a mighty lion named Aslan.
As we left the theater, I asked my daughter what she thought of the movie. “There are no flat characters, Mom,” she said. “Every single person who meets Aslan is changed forever.” Amen, daughter. When we stop struggling to do things on our terms and “lay down our swords” upon His table, we can begin to allow Him to transform us into a more Christ-like follower.
As we mentioned on today’s show, there was a lot of discussion last week in the news over some remarks made by one of the show’s stars, Liam Neeson, who beautifully voices Aslan. Neeson said, “Aslan symbolizes a Christ-like figure but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries. That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.”
I don’t know if those were his publicist’s words or his own. You can read the full article here: Narnia Fans’ Fury After Liam Neeson Claims Aslan — the Symbol of Christ — Could Also Be Mohammed.
Fury? Not that I see. I like to Google check these things and did not see a huge outcry–but I did read many disparaging comments in these news articles from folks who think we Christians have our undies in a bunch over nothing. (paraphrasing here!)
I didn’t see anyone up in arms as the title implies–I’m certainly not upset over this. But it does make for a great discussion on the parellels between the Aslan character and Christ. (And a great conversation starter this Christmas when we’re with our relatives!)
Aslan’s creator (no pun intended) is C.S. Lewis, who wrote about why he picked Aslan to represent Jesus. Walter Hooper is Lewis’ former secretary and a trustee of his estate, and he thinks Lewis would have not appreciated Neeson’s take on his novels:
“Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that the ‘whole Narnian story is about Christ.’ Lewis could not have been clearer.”
I have nothing against the actor at all–in fact I think he does a fantastic job in every role I’ve seen. But oh how I wish Neeson could know the incredible power his voice lends to a script that still brings moviegoers to profound wonder–and in my case a few tears!
What do you think? Wouldn’t it be great to have Mr. Neeson on our show as a guest? (We promise we won’t bite!)