Lord Aslan and Lord Asriel
- [Lynn Maudlin]
>> Lewis was trying to make Aslan as much like Jesus[John Rateliff]
>> as he could imagine [...]
> Well, all I can say is that for me he failed utterly. IFor what it's worth, this is true for me as well. He does a much better job in Till We Have Faces than in The Chronicles of Narnia, but even there, I still have to suspend my disbelief.
> can only read the books if I 'suspend disbelief' and
> treat Aslan as a purely fictional character [...]
> I suspect others have the reverse problem withYes, I think so. Many of the posts I've read online recently seem to convey just such a (mis)understanding. Now I'm not defending Pullman -- though in the main, I did enjoy his trilogy, and I am looking forward to his forthcoming Book of Dust, in which he hints he will tackle the question of Jesus directly.* One can certainly level any number of valid criticisms of his books on literary grounds; but too many readers decry his works as purely polemic, but otherwise realistic, novels promoting an atheist agenda. Such a judgment, I think, is somewhere between gross oversimplification (at best) and outright mischaracterization (at worst).
> Pullman; they read his fantasy as if he were writing
> a realistic novel about our world, and react accordingly.
* In a recent interview, Pullman said, "His [Jesus's] omission from HDM [His Dark Materials] was deliberate; I'm going to get around to Jesus in the next book [The Book of Dust]. I have plenty to say about him."