Having visited both Mars and Venus, Dr. Ransom’s battle with evil spirits now turns to Tellus – that is, Earth.
Many would call C.S. Lewis a great lay theologian. But perhaps the most impressive part of his repertoire is that his best theology is and always was expressed through children’s literature.
Theological works on Heaven and Hell have been varied and many. From Dante’s Divine Comedy to John Milton’s Paradise Lost, many of these great works have enveloped our fears about Hell, and our ideas of Heaven, with differing thematic emphases. Amazingly, Lewis does the same thing with The Great Divorce, with barely more than 100 pages.
It’s hard to imagine that most writers want their career-defining work to be a series of children’s books, but C.S. Lewis’s staple children’s book is more than good bedtime material. It’s the most clever Christian allegory since Pilgrim’s Progress.
In a story that revolves around intelligent life existing on other planets, can you still incorporate a Theistic worldview?