The Chronicles of Narnia
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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day.
He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
C.S. Lewis was the most popular and best-selling theologian of the entire Twentieth Century, an amazing fact considering that technically, he wasn't a Theologian at all, but an Oxford Professor of English Medieval and Renaissance literature.
His books include Mere Christianity, the Chronicles of Narnia Fantasy series and the science fiction Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet; Perlandra; That Hideous Strength). Both series are must reading for all Christians interested in these genres. His most famous book among non-Christians would be The Screwtape Letters.
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7 Book Fantasy Series by C. S. Lewis
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A Christian Alternative to "Harry Potter"
These books are the Christian alternative to the "Harry Potter" series, and they are excellent! Having read and enjoyed them 5 times as an adult, I can state that, although C. S. Lewis wrote them for children, they can definitely be read and enjoyed by adults!
These books contain witches and magicians, but they are clearly drawn as being the "bad guys." As works of Fantasy, they also contain Elves, Giants, Talking Animals, and various mythological creatures.
Narnia is a sort of parallel (fairy tale) universe that the children who are the heroes in the stories (boys and girls) mysteriously get transported to and have exciting adventures in. A main character in the stories is the Lion, Aslan, who is a symbol for Jesus.
Each book presents in a totally entertaining way a major Biblical theme:
1. The Magician's Nephew
Theme: the Creation of the World and the entering in of Evil.
2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Theme: the Death and Resurrection of Christ
3. The Horse and His Boy
Theme: Christianity the only True Religion (relationship); Jesus the Only Way to God.
4. Prince Caspian (The Believer's Role in the World),
5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Heaven),
6. The Silver Chair (Hell),
7. The Last Battle (End Times). _____________________________
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"The Lord of the Rings"
The other great work of Fantasy that comes to mind is J. R. R. Tolkien's trilogy: The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was an Evangelical Roman Catholic who translated the Book of Job from the original Hebrew for The Jerusalem Bible, and who wrote that the central focal point of all human history was the life of Christ, and the central point of Christ's life was his death on the cross and resurrection (see our page, Book Review: Finding God in The Lord of the Rings). Tolkien belonged to a 6 member writer's club called "The Inklings." Other members included a writer of Christian Fantasy named George MacDonald, and an atheist who Tolkien led to the Lord named C. S. Lewis. Lewis, of course went on to not only write The Chronicles of Narnia, but to become the most popular and best-selling Theologian of the Twentieth Century. ____________________________