Although better remembered today for his tales of the mythical land of Narnia, the so-called “Space Trilogy” of C. S. Lewis has remained of great interest to students of the thought of the Oxford don who moonlighted as a Christian apologist.
A generation ago, Lewis’ nonfiction works such as Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy were of primary significance for those individuals engaged in substantive reflection on his thought. Nevertheless, the fictional works that gave expression to Lewis’ worldview never lagged far behind in sales and readership. In fact, today Lewis’ apologetic writings have been eclipsed in the public spotlight by his works of fiction, even as he remains prominent among in the ranks of the 20th century Christian apologists.
The release of three movies (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , Prince Caspian , and The Voyage of the Dawntreader ) based on adaptations of books from Lewis‘ Narnia series has focused popular attention on the seven books of that series, particularly since the books were written primarily for a younger audience and provide further grist for a movie market thriving on adaptations of the Harry Potter books and other magical or fantastical works.
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