My friend Don Hank at Laigles Forum has published my article defending Lewis from the charge of paganism. Some of you might not even know the charge has been levied. Honestly, I don’t want to link to them, so you’ll have to Goodsearch your way to them.
Below I have the first couple paragraphs and then from there you’ll need to click through to read the rest of it, at least for now.
When they appeared in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, it was easy to look the other way in the face of the undeniable Christian imagery of Aslan dying and rising and conquering the White Witch. Bacchus and Silenus, ancient pagan gods, dance with nymphs and dryads. With Jesus so clearly figured, it was easy to ignore such things, but what to do when Bacchus and Silenus appear not once, but twice, in Prince Caspian, where such Christological imagery is not so obvious?
Prince Caspian is the next book of Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia to be released as a movie. It is due out in May. Some Christians may raise the same concerns with CS Lewis as they did with the Harry Potter series. With pagan gods prancing about in Prince Caspian, their warnings will generate attention.
Are we talking about the same CS Lewis whose writings were instrumental in the conversion of men such as Chuck Colson and Francis Collins and so many others? If in fact Lewis is a closet Pagan we are confronted with the prospect that Paganism, witchcraft, Gnosticism, and more, likely infect every area of Christendom, as nearly all of Christendom claims Lewis as trustworthy.
Is it possible that the writings of the ‘apostle to the atheists’ actually smuggles in pantheism and Paganism? There are some who believe exactly that.