One of the unsettling details in the Chronicles of Narnia is that Susan, one of the original four children who stumble into the wardrobe, does not go into Aslan’s country at the conclusion of the series. She is apparently an apostate, who came to prefer worldly shallow concerns like “nylons and lipstick and invitations” to Narnia. Symbolically, she seemed to be rejecting the Christianity that Narnia means, signifying her damnation.
And yet, a child back in C. S. Lewis’s day asked the author about this, and he gave a very different answer. Jeremy Lott tells about it, and poses a challenge of his own. [Read more...]