Liam Neeson, who stars as the voice of Aslan in the Narnia movie series, has caused quite astir on the internet with his interpretation of Aslan:
“Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolises 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.”
Okay. Did Buddha, Mohammed or any other spiritual fugure besides Christ die and then rise from the dead? No, of course not. This is nothing but more multicultural liberal spin on the real interpretation of Aslan in Narnia - pandering to other religions by trying to distort the Christian message in the Narnia series.
The Blaze points out that Neeson's comments are not sitting well with Narnia fans and those who revere Lewis:
Walter Hooper, Lewis’s former secretary and a trustee of his estate, said that the author would have been angered by Neeson’s comments.
He said: “It is nothing whatever to do with Islam. Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that ‘the whole Narnian story is about Christ’. Lewis could not have been clearer.”
Mr Hooper attributed Neeson’s remarks to political correctness and a wish to be “very multi-cultural”.
Others are blunt in their criticism of Neeson's remarks.
William Oddie, a fomer editor of The Catholic Herald and a lifelong fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, accused Neeson of ‘a betrayal of Lewis’s intention and a shameful distortion’.
I am in full agreement with William Oddie and Mr. Hooper.
He said: ‘Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the whole cannon as being a Christ figure. I can’t believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know.’
Before the first movie - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe - was released, Christopher Morgan of The Times points out an unpublished letter which was sent to a child fan from the masterful author himself in which he wrote: “The whole Narnian story is about Christ.”
From The Times:
The letter, written from Magdalene College, Cambridge, where Lewis was a don, contradicts this. “Supposing there really was a world like Narnia . . . and supposing Christ wanted to go into that world and save it (as He did ours) what might have happened?” he wrote.
“The stories are my answer. Since Narnia is a world of talking beasts, I thought he would become a talking beast there as he became a man here. I pictured him becoming a lion there because a) the lion is supposed to be the king of beasts; b) Christ is called ‘the lion of Judah’ in the Bible.”
Here is the trailer to the latest movie in the Narnia series - "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"