Monday, December 6, 2010

Aslan A Representation of Muhammad?

Aslan is the lion symbolising Jesus in the fictitious land of Narnia from a series of children's books written by C.S. Lewis called "The Chronicles Of Narnia. The symbolism is clear and unmistakable.

Liam Neeson, the voice for Aslan in the Narnia movies, however has been quoted as saying that "Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolizes for me Muhammad...". As if any more proof was needed that good acting does not equate to good theology.

In Neeson's world I'm sure that's how he sees it, and he is perfectly within his right to make for himself any crutch he feels necessary to make sense of his life. Interestingly however, by doing this Neeson reveals that he lives his life in a world more fictitious than that of the talking lion for whom he provides the voice, for Lewis was not silent in this series on Islam.

Who could read "A Horse And His Boy" and not make the connections between the Calamarines and Islam, Tisrok and Mahammad, and Tash and Allah? Interestingly, Lewis almost prophetically anticipates Neeson's sentiments in his concluding book in the series. In "The Last Battle" A deceptive coup takes place in the land of Narnia while the King is away. The would-be new king, an Ape named Shift, is claiming that he is the new chosen spokes"man" for Aslan, and he claims that Alsan has decreed that he and the Tash are One; that in fact the Calamarines and the Narnians have always served the same deity. Much like Neeson in real life, many of the creatures of Narnia believe this and begin to commit abominations against Aslan. Shift, who in reality has no regard for Aslan but only wants to co-opt his authority to create for himself a life of ease, has no problem publicly making these universal and blasphemous claims. The Calamrines on the other hand are clearly not willing to blaspheme their Tash by speaking their agreement out loud in so many words. They simply play along seeing this as an opportunity to infiltrate and subdue Narnia.

While Neeson sees himself as a Catholic, i.e., Christian, but is yet willing to see Aslan as also symbolic of Muhammad, true to form with relativistic Christians, he forgets one important fact. Aslan was murdered. In fact he willingly gave himself over to be murdered. For the Muslim this is an untenable and blasphemous symbolism. They are not willing to join Neeson and his liberal band of brothers in their fantasy land; especially if it means the death of their profit, symbolic or otherwise.

So we clearly have a case here where the fictitious story of Narnia with its Christian symbolism is more real than the Utopian paradise created in the minds of liberal Christians.


Craig and Heather said...

Neeson reveals that he lives his life in a world more fictitious than that of the talking lion for whom he provides the voice, for Lewis was not silent in this series on Islam.

I've often considered what might be the effect of investing one's life in pretending to be someone else.

What would this do to the perception of reality? And how many of us do this without getting paid for it?

Perhaps Mr Neeson's perspective is a highly magnified warning to all who would attempt to smudge the line between truth and deception.


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Stan said...

I read somewhere (I think it was on a jacket cover for the Chronicles of Narnia) that a young girl asked Lewis who Aslan was. He replied (with more words than I have here) "Who is the Lion who is the Lamb? Who gave His life that men might be saved?" It doesn't take a genius to figure it out.

Of course, Neeson is not in the business of telling the truth, promoting Christ, or sharing the Gospel. I can't imagine why anyone would be surprised that he doesn't get it. His primary task is to make sure everyone likes him, so don't offend any religions by claiming that this one is unique.

Dan said...


When my children and I watch a DVD together I'm always trying to point out evidences of the set, or mistakes. I do this to drive home for them the point that what they are watching is not real. I am also always interested as I watch in what is going on behind the camera. The fact that there is a camera there filming the movie is very difficult for me to shake. All that said, I've always considered the job of acting a pretty grueling undertaking... that is the acting itself. I don't think Hollywood worshipers ever really stop to think about that. All they see is the glamor on the seemingly never ending back patting awards nights.

Still, you ask an interesting question I've never considered. What is the impact? My thoughts are that the fame and glamor as opposed to the pretending is what does most in. My hat is off to anyone who can stand strong in those circumstances.

Dan said...


"I can't imagine why anyone would be surprised that he doesn't get it."

I can't either, and I'm not surprised. His opinion on this matter actually is fairly innocuous compared to the all out hate for all things true Christianity that seems to flow freely from the lips of most of the Hollywood ilk. I know little of Neeson's personal life or beliefs beyond the information provided in the article I read. I know I like his movies and this does not deter me from going to see one; and that says a lot coming from someone who quite often refuses to watch movies for the sole reason of not being able to get past some past comment of a person acting in it.