Worldview

CS Lewis is best known nowadays for writing The Chronicles of Narnia. This series is known as an allegory, but did you know that Lewis didn’t mean for it to be one?

Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument; then collected information about child-psychology and decided what age-group I’d write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out “allegories” to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn’t write in that way at all. Everything began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn’t even anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord. It was part of the bubbling.

He simply set out to write fiction, yet his Christian worldview (in particular the gospel) was so ingrained that when he wrote these 7 novels, it shines through clearly. I wonder, when I set out to do something “secular”, like writing fiction, sewing a garment, or pushing my little brother on the swing, does my worldview shine clearly?

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