1 Austin Farrer, Faith and Speculation: An Essay in Philosophical Theology (London: A. & C. Black, 1967) 156. Cf. ‘almost certainly the most influential religious author of the twentieth century, in English or any other language’, according to Robert MacSwain, ‘Introduction’, The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 3.
2 ‘Bluspels and Flalansferes: A Semantic Nightmare’, Selected Literary Essays, ed. Walter Hooper (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969) 265.
3 ‘Bluspels and Flalansferes’, Selected Literary Essays, 265.
4 Letter to Owen Barfield, 27 May 1928, The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I, ed. Walter Hooper (London: HarperCollins, 2000) 762.
5 ‘Bluspels and Flalansferes’, Selected Literary Essays, 265.
6 Surprised by Joy (Glasgow, Collins, 1982) 146.
7 Lewis had been baptized as an infant (29 January 1899), so ‘baptized’ here does not mean the literal ritual, but the spiritual realisation in Lewis’s own adult consciousness of that ceremonial and sacramental washing.
8 Letter to Arthur Greeves, 18 October 1931, Collected Letters, Volume I, 976.
9 Letter to Arthur Greeves, 18 October 1931, Collected Letters, Volume I, 977.
10 Letter to Arthur Greeves, 18 October 1931, Collected Letters, Volume I, 977.
11 Letter to Arthur Greeves, 18 October 1931, Collected Letters, Volume I, 977.
12 Letter to Arthur Greeves, 18 October 1931, Collected Letters, Volume I, 977.
13 ‘Is Theology Poetry?’, C.S. Lewis, Essay Collection, ed. Lesley Walmsley (London: HarperCollins, 2000) 15.
142 See, e.g, Reflections on the Psalms (Glasgow: Collins, 1984) 75; The Four Loves (Glasgow: Collins, 1989) 9, 14. 15, 20, 81, 94.
Michael Ward, The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens (Tyndale House Publishers, 2010)
Millions of readers have been captivated by C.S. Lewis’s famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why? What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing? For more than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key—the “secret code”—to the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery. Until now. In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward takes the reader through each of the seven Narnia books and reveals how each story embodies and expresses the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology—Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturn—planets which Lewis described as “spiritual symbols of permanent value.” How does medieval cosmology relate to the Christian underpinnings of the series? How did it impact Lewis’s depiction of Aslan, the Christlike character at the heart of the books? And why did Lewis keep this planetary inspiration a secret? Originally a ground-breaking scholarly work called Planet Narnia, this more accessible adaptation will answer all the questions.