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    The much-loved children’s stories have an unapologetic Christian message.

    C. S. Lewis was clear that the character of Aslan in his Chronicles of Narnia is based on Christ.

    But actor Liam Neeson, who voices the lion in the latest Narnia film, has prompted a row after claiming his character is also based on other religious leaders such as Mohammed and Buddha.

    Fans of Lewis’s stories are fuming, claiming Neeson is ruining the author’s legacy to be ‘politically correct’.

    Aslan features in all seven Narnia books, steering the children away from evil and encouraging them to take the right path.

    In the climax of the first book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he sacrifices his life to save Narnia from an evil witch before rising triumphantly from the dead.
    Controversy: Liam Neeson's view on the role of Aslan has sparked anger

    This represents the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and in shattering the power of the White Witch, the resurrection’s conquest of original sin.

    Ahead of the release of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader next Thursday, Neeson said: ‘Aslan symbolises a Christ-like figure but he also symbolises for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.

    ‘That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.’

    Neeson, 58, who grew up in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, is a practising Roman Catholic and was named after his parish priest. His actress wife Natasha Richardson died in a skiing accident in March last year.

    Two years ago, he teamed up with an order of American Catholic priests to bring out a CD of spiritual meditations for Lent.

    Walter Hooper, Lewis’s former secretary and a trustee of his estate, said the author would have been outraged.

    ‘It is nothing whatever to do with Islam,’ he said.

    ‘Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that the “whole Narnian story is about Christ”. Lewis could not have been clearer.’

    He attributed Neeson’s remarks to political correctness and a desire to be ‘very multicultural’, adding: ‘I don’t know Liam Neeson or what he is thinking about… but it was not Lewis’s intention.’

    William Oddie, a fomer editor of The Catholic Herald and a lifelong fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, accused Neeson of ‘a betrayal of Lewis’s intention and a shameful distortion’.

    He said: ‘Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the whole cannon as being a Christ figure. I can’t believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know.’

    The Chronicles of Narnia mainly follow the adventures of four siblings as they discover a magical land, full of talking beasts, unicorns and witches. Clive Staples Lewis, a devoted Christian, wrote the books between 1949 and 1954.

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third book to be made into a film, following The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005 and Prince Caspian in 2008.

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    Non story and a bunch of crap. Seriously. Why do you care?
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    Yeah it's not that big a deal.
    He didn't just say it could be Mohammad, he also said Aslan could be Buddha and every other spiritual figure. It's not like he went on and on praising the glories of Mohammad, he just made a blanket, albeit dumb, multiculturalist statement. Seeing as he's a Catholic, it probably doesn't reflect his own beliefs on theology (That Jesus, Muhammad and Buddha are all equal), but simply his beliefs on the character, and ALSO it's a good sales pitch for your movie in a sense because it opens the movie up to a larger audience by mentioning three of history's biggest religious figures, whom have followers in the billions collectively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    Non story and a bunch of crap. Seriously. Why do you care?
    well lets see - It illustrates many things:

    That being seen as endorsing Christianity is deemed uncool.

    That the people making these movies haven't a clue what the point of the books were - which is why they have done such a SHITTY job with them.

    That multiculturalism is so rampant that someone who claims to be an active catholic is willing to compromise on Christ to avoid 'insulting' muslims when he should be pointing out how Aslan personifies the archetype that is Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaughtintheMiddle1990 View Post
    Yeah it's not that big a deal.
    He didn't just say it could be Mohammad, he also said Aslan could be Buddha and every other spiritual figure. It's not like he went on and on praising the glories of Mohammad, he just made a blanket, albeit dumb, multiculturalist statement. Seeing as he's a Catholic, it probably doesn't reflect his own beliefs on theology (That Jesus, Muhammad and Buddha are all equal), but simply his beliefs on the character, and ALSO it's a good sales pitch for your movie in a sense because it opens the movie up to a larger audience by mentioning three of history's biggest religious figures, whom have followers in the billions collectively.

    I think Neeson is saying that the Narnia stories are good vs evil stories that kids from any religion could recognize. Which is kind of true-I'm sure that C. S. Lewis did want to write a christian story of good vs evil that any kid could understand.

    Muhammed doesn't sacrifice himself for the good of others, though. That's sort of unique to christianity, and that is definitely the point of the most widely read of the Narnia books: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I think Neeson is saying that the Narnia stories are good vs evil stories that kids from any religion could recognize. Which is kind of true-I'm sure that C. S. Lewis did want to write a christian story of good vs evil that any kid could understand.

    Muhammed doesn't sacrifice himself for the good of others, though. That's sort of unique to christianity, and that is definitely the point of the most widely read of the Narnia books: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
    And Jesus didn't lead his followers to kill a bunch of "wicked" children either. Still something Aslan did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    And Jesus didn't lead his followers to kill a bunch of "wicked" children either. Still something Aslan did.
    in which book?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    in which book?
    Prince Caspian, right after defeating the Telmarines at the river ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    Prince Caspian, right after defeating the Telmarines at the river ford.
    I don't remember the Telmarines being children . . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    I don't remember the Telmarines being children . . . .
    Right after they surrendered at the ford, the Narnians swirled through the Telmarine city like a whirlwind "disposing" of all the "wicked" children who would carry on the Telmarine ways, all why Aslan watched on.

    Was really the only part of the series I did not like. Well, the ending of the last book was a little campy for my tastes as well.
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