Neeson: Aslan Symbolizes Christ, Muhammed, Buddha

Posted December 5, 2010 12:37 am by Glumpuddle

DailyMail recently posted this quote from Liam Neeson (Aslan):

‘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.’

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  • glumPuddle says:

    This article is horribly written and absurdly biased. Neeson is clearly NOT suggesting Lewis intended Aslan to symbolize Mohammed or Budha. He says "FOR ME" at the end. He says nothing about Lewis’ intentions.

    And this bit actually made me laugh: "Fans of Lewis’s stories are fuming, claiming Neeson is ruining the author’s legacy to be ‘politically correct’."

    ….Seriously? People think that one quote from one actor who portrays one character in adaptations of Lewis’ books is going to ruin C.S. Lewis’ entire legacy? Gimme a break. Either this article is exaggerating (likley) or people are over-reacting.

    • WarriorOfNarnia says:

      AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! What a way to blast Aslan!!!! This really makes me sad and mad!!!!!

      • Rob W. Case says:

        I heard him say that in the recently posted "press junket" linked from this site. While I wholeheartedly disagree with what Neeson said, I think he might be doing it to expand the Narnia appeal to other faiths, seculars, and so forth, besides just appealing to only Christians. His intentions could have been "market-minded," and if it is, a person shouldn’t feel as if he is required to say such things, for the purpose of possibly attracting a larger audience. But get this; other faiths will know, or quickly learn what this story is really about. After all, the Christ-like characteristics of Aslan and the live relationship he has with the characters in Narnia, I believe, will feel foreign to a Buddhist, Muslim, or other religious leader. No other leader showed love, kindness, and sacrifice like our Lord Jesus Christ. No other leader experienced rejection on such a massive, treacherous scale as the Lord Jesus Christ by the forces of this world. No other leader lived out the moral code and standards set by the Father like Jesus Christ did. Other "leaders" may demand that actions be taken by force in this world for the cause they may be promoting, but not Christ. He did it all for you. All he asks is that you accept him, receive him into your heart and life, and walk with him, and the true relationship and transformation that results from beginning that relationship will grow, until eventually (the more you trust and depend on him), his influence will overshadow the destructive elements led by the impulses of the human nature as he makes us more like him. And yet that all depends on exactly how much control we give him over our lives. And yet, it is a gradual, step by step process. The more we yield to him, and give him more control, the more he will truly take care of us, and the more he takes care of us, the less we depend on the limits of our fallible human nature. Christ is alive, the Holy Spirit is active, and relationship is very real and very personal to all who desire and seek it.

      • Swordebrithil12 says:

        As I grew, and heard more stories in my Islamic Religion, I realized how similar they were with Christianity.

        First of all, we believe our God, Allah, sent Angels to a woman named Mariam. They blew on her, and she became pregnant with Isa. In Christianity, they correspond to Mary and Jesus.

        And, though we do not wear crosses, we DO beleive that Isa was killed on a cross and brought back to life. I am NOT suggesting that this means Aslan also represents Isa in our religion, Astakhfirullah (though Jesus and Isa are I guess the same person, only viewed differently sometimes).

      • Rob W. Case says:

        While there are some similarities between Christianity and Islam if you compare them as religions, there is a difference between "religionized" Christianity and a true, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Religionized Christianity is not as much a personal relationship with Christ as much as it is submission to the hierarchy of the establishment. A true relationship with Jesus Christ is as real and as interactive as I am talking presently with you. And while I respect the worship of any religion, I will respectfully submit concepts that are at least worthy to be considered by any individual. Go Narnia!!! almost 3 more days!!!

      • Not Of This World says:

        Nicly put, Rob. W Case.

    • Swordebrithil12 says:

      Like GlumPuddle said, Neeson said "FOR ME". Aslan has always been a different person to different people. Everyone has their own perspectives of Aslan.

      • ellena says:

        I beg to differ. C.S. Lewis never meant Aslan to be represented as anything but an allegorical Christ-figure. He cannot be interpreted as anything else, because the author intended him to be specifically interpreted in that way. Any other interpretation is incorrect.

      • Swordebrithil12 says:

        No, I am deffinitely not saying what you think. I’m not changing Lewis’s opinion at all, what he said he said, if he wanted Aslan to represent Jesus, then that’s what it is.

    • narnian resident says:

      if there was a "like" button for comments, i’d like this comment 😀

      • wolfloversk says:

        I’m with you. Way to go gP!

      • LucyTheValiant says:

        I agree we definitely need a "like" button. glumPuddle could not have said it any better, this article is completely biased and blown out of proportion. It could be possible that Liam Neeson was just trying to make the movie appeal to a wider range of people. That quote won’t change the fact that Aslan is based on Christ, and it definitely will not ruin C.S. Lewis’ legacy. And the fact that he said "For me" means that he isn’t trying to impose his views on others.

    • Pepper Darcy says:

      Yeah, exactly. Neeson *did* say ‘for me’. And I think Neeson would have respect enough for Lewis to know that’s not what Lewis meant. He knows it; but for him that’s what Aslan equals.

      Though, that reminds me of the Tashlan in LB… I only shuddered at that quote because it reminded me of Shift. And I’m not trying to be a jerk. I think Neeson is a great actor. I respect him. It… it just made me think of LB 🙁

      • Princess Lucy says:

        tash gives me the chills….hehe….i wonder how they will do that character in LB…that is one dark book…but great story…thats what i like about narnia it has adventures and journey for both children and adults…cooool…i guess we all have to wait 10 years to see that film….

      • Swordebrithil12 says:

        I just realized…. who do you think Tash was based on?

      • Princess Lucy says:

        hmmmm…to me he represents the bad and really evil people that are scary and evil at the same time…with names not sure actually…

      • Pepper Darcy says:

        Swordebrethil12, I know. I’ve always thought about *that* person representing Tash, that’s why it sorta scared me about the statement. Not that I’m critising Neeson. It was just eerie :S

      • Aravis and Hwin says:

        To me, Tash allways seemed to represent Satan. Tash seems like the opposite of Aslan, who represents God, and the opposite of God is Satan so…. Also he’s sort of evil, scarry, and dark like Satan. This is just an suggestion ;)!

      • Swordebrithil12 says:

        I didn’t realize for a long time that Tash represented Satan, or what we Muslims call the Jinnaat.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        LEWIS WAS ALMOST PROPHETIC with his narnia series. He anticipated a day would come when
        the antichrist (shift the ape) mushed 2 gods together theologically( jehovah/aslan and Tash/satan) and pass them off as one god(PC politically correct "let’s be tolerant and end up meaning nothing": Tashlan) and the innocent/naive narnians (the overly agreeable, spineless, uninformed "sheeple") fall for, to their demise. The hidden point was- DON"T BE CONNED -stand up for JESUS- he is the ONLY DIVINE leader-not human men with different philosophies and fables. THIS IS HAPPENING TODAY!

      • Narnia-Fan1 says:

        I think that Lewis saw Alah or the Antichrist to be Tash. Notice that so many people say that Alah and God are the same. Like in LB. And notice how the carlomens are described like muslims in medieval time? I have nothing against any muslims and this comment is not about blaming you. It’s just a thougt and I believe that that’s what Lewis wanted to say.

    • Gandalfs Beard says:

      I totally agree with Glumpuddle. Neeson made it very clear that he was only speaking about his own Universalist view-point. I should point out that the Daily Mail is considered a sensationalist tabloid by most Brits. And clearly they are trying to milk the outrage for all its worth.

      I would also like to remind Christian fans of the series that Lewis himself tried to make Narnia a fairy story that would have universal appeal. The idea of Sacrifice and Resurrection existed long before Christianity came into being, a fact that Lewis as a fan of Classical Pagan and Medieval Syncretism knew all to well.

      Yes, to Lewis, Aslan represented a "What If" version of Christ on another world. But this is the same Lewis that when visiting the Shrine of Apollo in Greece expressed that he "nearly reverted to Paganism considering Apollo as a ‘sub-specie’ of Christ" (paraphrase).

      Lewis’s theology was much more universal than most people realize. And I doubt he would be at all appalled by Neeson’s comment. I think he would be thrilled that his stories have such a universal appeal.

      • WarriorOfNarnia says:

        Okay GlumPuddle, I agree, yet a lot of people are influenced by the media. I know C.S. Lewis left behind a legacy and Neeson can not stand up to that, yet since he is a celebrity, people believe that everything he says is true.

      • elanor says:

        Really Gandalf’s Beard? What you said about C.S. Lewis was interesting…where is that quote from?

        I’m not pretending to know a ton about C.S. Lewis, but I don’t agree that he would be as pleased as you say with Neeson’s comment. I definately agreed with what you said about C.S. Lewis being more of a universalist than many people realize. But Aslan is "Christ" in "another world" and nothing less. In Surprised by Joy Lewis wrote that every other religon in our world points to Christ, but doesn’t actually offer HIM. Only Christianity can do that.

      • elanor says:

        Wow…this quote kind of set off a bomb… 🙂

      • elanor says:

        Oops! I meant my quote just above to go at the VERY bottom of the comments. sorry!

      • checkers says:

        Wow….I think this has the most replies to one comment ever. 😛

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        YES , but Lewis believed the universal appeal would ultimately lead to Jesus- THE way, the truth and the life. that the pagans unconciously sensed something christlike in their heart’s longings but expressed it with their knowledge to date (hence the pagan myths)

  • David says:

    I wish narniaweb had a "like" button for GlumPuddles comment. 🙂 …Particularly for the "absurdly biased" part.

  • Thyservant says:

    Neeson, who voiced Aslan should really know more about the Aslan ‘voiced’ by Christ.

    • WilliamMoseleyandSkandarcrush! says:

      Very true. This is a total mess! Aslan clearly symbolizes Christ! If C.S Lewis heard of this, I’m sure he’d be very greived. You know, I used to like Liam Neeson because he seemed like a cool guy and it looked like he knew a lot about Askan, but now I’m , like, despising him now. Well, I guess if ur not a Christian, you could think that… then again, now that I think about it, Liam Nesson, ur a jerk! (no offense) Christ is totally seperate of the other "gods". Anyone can tell that he’s totally different- in a good way; a VERY good way.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        Re-read the news article. Neeson doesn’t say that Christ is only equal to Muhammed and Buddha. He says that Aslan represents, for him, the wisdom of these other philosophers in addition to representing Christ.

        Neeson is a devout Catholic. He is a professing christian. I don’t think it’s wiser not to make a judgement on how or if he believes. We can argue his comment, but implying he needs to "know Christ better" etc. is wrong because it implies we know Christ better than he, and we don’t know that. It’s incredibly presumptuous.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        Correction to my post above: "I think it’s important NOT to make a judgement" etc.

        Some things get all muddled :p

      • SirCC says:

        Neeson probably only said all of this to avoid people taking judgement of him (about the "other name" line), especially since he is Catholic. Actors are weird sometimes, they either want everyone to know their beliefs, or they want everyone to think their mindless, belief-less empty-shells that exists exclusively to please every single person on the planet; its cowardly, but I’ve seen many actors act such ways.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        SirCC,

        Can you explain what you mean? Do you mean Neeson said all this about Muhammed Buddha etc. to avoid anyone thinking he was being inclusive only to Christianity by portraying Aslan?

        I think that’s possible, but we can’t be sure.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        last i knew, neeson rejected catholicism-

  • icarus says:

    I despise the Daily Mail with an absolute passion. They are the epitome of everything that is wrong with the British tabloid press, and it physically angers me everytime they twist and distort the truth so that they can push their hate-filled agenda.

    Clearly Liam Neeson’s comments are a personal interpretation of an artistic work, and aren’t nearly as controversial as The Daily Mail would they like everyone to believe, but they have very deliberately focused on the "Mohammed" section of his quote at the expense of everything else because they know that nothing sells papers to idiots like a bit of mindless islam-bashing and a bit of "political correctness gone mad" to fit with their long running agenda on both subjects.

    • wolfloversk says:

      I’m with you icarus, sadly we have the same problem here in the US… whatever happened to the day when you could get honest and nonbiased news from the media…I’m not even sure if I trust the weather report anymore.

  • adamie says:

    Well, I don’t know anything about the daily mail, but it seems kinda low to use a statement like this just to have something shocking to write about.

    Personally, I don’t think Lewis meant it the way Liam puts it, but I think it’s a beautiful way to put it, and so very true. I don’t think Lewis would have minded, although he might have preferred the christian view. But I believe Lewis was wise enough to know that you can find beautiful aspects in all religions.

  • Aslan's Meadow says:

    I know that Neeson was just talking about what he belives…it still was hard to hear him say it.
    For me, it was like Aslan’s voice saying he wasn’t representing Christ, but all gods. Pray for Liam.

  • PB and J says:

    I like that liam Neeson was being inclusive of other religions and I share the same view as him.
    Yes, the Narnia books are Christian, but that doens’t mean that people over other faiths can interpret the story and make it personal to them.
    ONe thing that I have found about Christians is they want people to be tolerant of their beliefs, but dont’ give any tolerance to other beliefs.
    Get your panties out of a knott, enjoy the movie and let the man have his own beliefs.

    • for narnia and the north says:

      I’m very sorry to hear you think that, PB and J, but it’s not your fault. You see, as with all religions, Christianity has some principles about it that are, or should be, non-negotiable, such as the fact that Jesus Christ died for your sins and that all it takes to become part of his kingdom is to believe in his sacrifice and, while on this earth, it is important to try to be as much like Christ as possible. This would be to spread the "good news" and show the love of Christ. Perhaps the Christians you’ve come across are very adamant about this, which is nice, but you’re right: tolerance is needed from everyone for everything. I must say that I am very disappointed in the Christians you’ve met and I would like you to know that we’re not all like that.

      • adamie says:

        You’re right, a lot of Christians are tolerant of other beliefs. But what you say about those non-negotiable facts isn’t really true. Yes, many christians believe that, but there are others who believe that it’s not to be taken so literally, that Jesus dieing for our sins is more metaphorical, and means that the love for every person, all equal, is the highest good, and that it is worth every sacrifice. It is possible to believe that the kingdom you talk about isn’t really literally a kingdom, that you enter when you die after being good all your life, but that it is a metaphor for the idea that, when everybody is good to each other, a ‘kingdom will come to us in this life.

        I personally like this vision, and that is what I believe, and there are a lot of other religions who say the same, but only use different words. I was wondering what you take on that would be?

      • for narnia and the north says:

        Ok, I see where you’re coming from, but I’m confused about one thing. If Jesus’s death was more metaphorical than real, what would your perception of Easter be then? And while you’re absolutely right that many religions seem to share similar beliefs or principles, what I said earlier about the "non-negotiable" ones is what I think sets Christianity apart from other religions. Because, after all, they have to be different somehow.
        I think maybe what makes the idea of Jesus’s death being literal difficult for people to believe or understand is the context in which the Bible says his sacrifice was made. According to the Bible, he was perfect (since he’s God and I would hope that God is perfect) and died for the sins of all mankind (I’m sure you’ll agree that no one is perfect). This idea is pretty foreign to us today because we live in a world where sacrifice is rare or frowned upon. I mean, someone we’ve never "met" dying for us? Impossible, right? But it’s so darn simple (and lucky for us) that some people like me just HAVE to believe it.
        I’m not preaching here so please bear with me 🙂
        And as for the "kingdom," yes, I believe the Bible literally when it says heaven is waiting for believers and that you don’t get to heaven "by good works." Lots of people would agree with you that it only makes sense for people to get to go to heaven based on the good they did in this life. But then, who would be the judge of who did good, better, or best? God? Sure he could, but then what would have been the point of having Jesus die a horrible death? And I understand that you think maybe a figurative kingdom will come to us in this life as a result of good works, which is nice, but I think that’s kind of impossible and naive. I mean, bad things happen to plenty of good people.
        So I think that’s what distinguishes Christianity (or at least, what I believe)from other religions. We should all be as "good" as we can, but being good will not save you. Also, defending your religion (Islam’s jihad, for example? although I’m not an expert) will not "save" you either.
        Hope that addresses what you’re wondering 🙂 WOW, I wrote a lot

      • adamie says:

        That made a lot of sense, and although it is notmy belief, I respect you for being able to put your belief into such strong yet simple expanation. I also want to make clear that I have all respect for those who’s belief is strong. I wish I had that sometimes, but I don’t really, and that can only change over time.

        I simply believe in mysteries that will never be revealed. I believe that God isn’t a being like we know, or could ever imagine, to me, he simply personifies the magic I see around me everyday, that gives people the chance to love and to show kindness. but there will always be a bad side to that, for something always needs an opposite to exist.
        He gave us life, and with that the responsibility to do good. So as a person you have the choice to do so, whether you belief in something or not. and to me, the reward does not come in any sort of afterlife, but in the goodness itself. That’s what causes happiness, and the kingdom on earth.

      • for narnia and the north says:

        "He gave us life, and with that the responsibility to do good." How right you are, adamie! I’m glad that we agree about that. Thank you for hearing my point of view, and I truly do understand yours. It is a noble way to live and nobility is hard to come by in today’s world. Our discussion really demonstrated how powerful religion, or rather belief itself, is: it shapes the way we live everyday, not just what we do on Sundays or whether we celebrate certain holidays or not. Thanks for your insight and I hope that maybe someday, at the right time, God might become a more real person for you. Sometimes it’s nice knowing that there’s actually someone looking out for you, you know?

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      because it is insulting to Jesus if self-professed christians are "tolerant" of another religion that specifically says he was NOT divine, and that He did NOT die for our sins, when He did. If we don’t recognize him before men, why should he recognize us before the Father? We are obligated to be faithful to him publicly after all He did for us.

  • Not Of This World says:

    Pray for Neeson. He needs to know Christ.

  • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

    Yeah, the comment wasn’t nearly as bad as the headlines made it out to be. In fact, I learned instead that Neeson was a devout Catholic, which I did not know before. I actually like Neeson more now, not less.

    And by the way, Tilda Swinton believes a lot funkier stuff about Narnia than Neeson does about Aslan.

  • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

    And by the way (again): Catholics ARE Christians. Neeson wasn’t saying he put his faith in Muhammed etc, he was just citing them as inspirations to him. As a "devout Catholic" I expect he treats them as good, but not divine, people just as Muslims regard Jesus as a prophet, but not the Son of God.

    • Not Of This World says:

      While Christianity and Catholicism are very similar, there are a few things that are different.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        catholicism was the only christianity, until denominations started forming and breaking themselves off and away from the originally held beliefs- 1500 years after the death of christ beginning with Luther’s revolt..

  • Liliandil says:

    May Neeson come to know Christ in a deeper way!

  • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

    We don’t know about his relationship with Jesus.

  • Reepicheep775 says:

    Oy vey…

  • Luka says:

    Pah ! Its the Daily Mail.

  • Michael says:

    Wow, I seriously don’t know what to say…I mean I don’t want to offend anybody or sound biased. ummmmm..as glumpuddle said Aslan representing Christ, Mohammed, and Buddha is how Liam Neeson sees Aslan.

    I know that when Lewis wrote the books, he was a Christian. I believe that he was using Aslan to represent Christ. For example, in LWW Aslan dying for Edmund is an anology of Christ dying for us on the cross. In VDT it is showing that there are many temptations in the world and how people struggle to overcome those temptations.

    Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. Liam Neeson thinks that Aslan could represent many spiritual leaders. I believe that Aslan is supposed to represent Jesus Christ and I think that’s what Lewis had in mind too. As I said though, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, and we shouldn’t make a big fit if people of different religions and lifestyles want to try and make Narnia personal to them in some way.

    Anways, that’s my two cents. 🙂

    • Swordebrithil12 says:

      I never realized that CS Lewis meant for Aslan to represent Christ until many years later after I read "The Line". I was heartbroken when I found out, because I’d considered myself to be a devoted person to Aslan, and I’m Muslim. I thought maybe by being such a lover of this series I would be a Christian, and I could never leave Islam.
      I’m not saying that Islam is the only religion to follow, but I’ve become so attached to it I couldn’t possibly leave it.

      Your words give me some hope.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        you don’t follow a religion because you’re attached to it- you follow it because it’s true,. read the book "Prophet of Doom" and see how you feel.

      • bp says:

        This comment is for Swordebrithil12:

        You must know first of all that I am a Christian, but I have been where you are in Spirit. Also know that, "No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself." (Abu Hamza Anas).

        Now, there are three main areas of common ground upon which Christians may stand with Muslims. First, that there is one God—the Creator of all things. The second area is the fact that Jesus of Nazareth was a prophet of God. The Bible makes this clear: "And He shall send Jesus Christ,…For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brethren, like to me; him shall you hear in all things whatsoever he shall say to you" (Acts 3:20–22). The Qur’an (Koran) says: "Behold! The angel said ‘O Mary! Allah giveth you Glad Tidings of a word from Him. His name will be (Christ Jesus) the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah’" (Surah 3:45). In Surah 19:19, the angel said to Mary, "I am only a messenger of thy Lord to announce to you a gift of a holy son." Surah 3:55 says, "Allah said: ‘O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Myself." It is because of these and other references to Jesus in the Qur’an that a Muslim will not object Christianity when it is clearly established that Jesus was a prophet from God.

        This brings us to the third area of common ground. Muslims also respect Moses as a prophet of God. Therefore, there should be little contention when Christians speak of God (as Creator), Jesus the prophet, and the Law of the prophet Moses. Most Muslims do have some knowledge of their sinfulness, but few see sin in its true light. It is therefore essential to understand the spiritual nature of the Ten Commandments. We both know that the Law of Moses begins with, "I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before Me." Take a look at how the Law was presented in which Jesus gave it in Luke 18:20. He addressed the man’s sins of the flesh. He spoke directly to sins that have to do with his fellow man.

        Therefore, in light of the Law…I asked of myself, "Have I ever told a lie." When I admitted that I had, I knew what that made me. Then, I asked if I have ever stolen something, even if it’s small. I’ll be honest, I have. And I know what that makes me. Then the big one for me…was when Jesus said, "Whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart" (Matthew 5:27). So by my own admission, I am a "lying, thieving adulterer-at-heart." At that point I realized and had to come to terms with the following, "If God judges me by the Law of Moses on Judgment Day, will I be innocent or guilty?"

        As a Muslim I would more than likely say that I would be innocent, because I confess my sins to God. However, as the Qur’an says: "Every soul that has sinned, if it possessed all that is on earth, would fain give it in ransom" (Surah 10:54). In other words, if I possessed the whole world and offered it to God as a sacrifice for his sins, it wouldn’t be enough to provide atonement for my sins. Imagine that a criminal is facing a 50,000 fine. He is penniless, so he sincerely tells the judge that he is sorry for a crime and vows never to do it again. The judge won’t let him go on the basis of his sorrow, or his vow never to commit the crime again. Of course, he should be sorry for what he has done, and of course, he shouldn’t break the law again. The judge will, however, let him go if someone else pays the fine for him.

        Swordebrithil12, remember that Moses gave instructions to Israel to shed the blood of a spotless lamb to provide a temporary atonement for their sin; and that Jesus was the Lamb that God provided to make atonement for the sins of the world. Through faith in Jesus, we can have atonement with God. All his sin can be washed away—once and for all. God can grant us the gift of everlasting life through faith in Jesus Christ on the basis of His death and resurrection.

        The uniqueness of Jesus of Nazareth was that He claimed He had power on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:2–6). No other prophet of any of the great religions made this claim. Only Jesus can provide peace with God. This is why He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

        God commands sinners to repent and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior, or they will perish. Much archeological evidence, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, prove that God has preserved the Scriptures. In fact, the accurate prophecies of Isaiah 53, Matthew 24, Luke 21, and 2 Timothy 3 prove that this is the Book of the Creator. This is the truth of the gospel. It is God who makes it come alive (1 Corinthians 3:6,7). It is God who brings conviction of sin (John 16:7,8). It is God who reveals who Jesus is (Matthew 16:16,17). All God requires is your faithful willingness to believe the truth (Matthew 25:21).

        In Christ’s love,
        bp

      • Swordebrithil12 says:

        Thank you. And I have been aware of the similarities of our Religions for a while.

    • bp says:

      You’re welcome! I pray that this has given rise to your heart to seek out the God of the Bible and know the truth: No man may come to the Father except through Christ Jesus. It is that truth which provides the atonement for sin and God’s grace is poured out to us when we accept Jesus as our savior. Amen!

  • wolfloversk says:

    Not only was that quote partially taken out of context, but the article does horribly exaggerate the senario… to my knowledge NW is one of the largest, if not the largest Narnia news/fansite- well if fans were having alarm bells, why was there none when this quote first surfaced in the press junket… http://www.narniaweb.com/2010/12/dawn-treader-press-junket/ read the comments for yourself, noone, not a single person, even mentions this quote- much less do they seem disturbed by it. If I recall correctly its in the first video. Thisz is just another case of the media trying to make headlines by creating a huge controversy that never existed.

  • Josh says:

    Aslan represents Jesus. If Neeson wants to think differntly he can do so, but that doesnt mean he is right.

    Keep in mind that Neeson was probably trying to sell the film to a broader audience (even though comments like these are the stuff that makes some uneasy Christians boycott), and also keep in mind that his wife recentally died and he is probably expirementing with many different religions.

  • Mark Sommer says:

    I reported on this over at Hollywood Jesus. I talk about Emeth in The last Battle, and came to this conclusion:
    “I don’t think that Lewis would be shattered because Neeson sees Mohammed and Buddha in Aslan. If Neeson finds other spiritual leaders besides Christ in Aslan, then perhaps it is because he sees something of Christ in them and someday will find what he is truly seeking.”
    Click on my name to read my article.

    • Gandalfs Beard says:

      I read your article Mark, and as usual I find your commentary pretty much on the mark (no pun intended 😉 ). I might only differ slightly in how the term Universalist is used. I used to think that the Emeth passage suggested that Lewis was what might be called an Inclusivist.

      But after reading so much of his other material, from Mere Christianity, to the Abolition of Man, and The Discarded Image I have come to see Lewis as much more of a Universalist than I originally believed.

      That’s not to say that Lewis believed worshiping a Satanic being (like Tash) was the same as worshiping God, but that he did indeed see the relationship between "all the dying and reborn sun gods" as being echoes of Christianity. The fact that Lewis could find an ethical commonality in all the major religions (which he expresses in the Abolition of Man as the Tao) suggests to me that Lewis WAS a Universalist of sorts.

      The dying and reborn/resurrected pagan sun-gods were almost all universally associated with the Lion, with His Golden Mane representing the rays of the sun. And I don’t think it is any coincidence that Lewis made Aslan a Lion with a Persian/Arabic/Turkish name.

      Lewis was well aware that the Christ story was an archetypal one. But Tolkien finally convinced Lewis that the Christ Story was a True Myth. However, lewis never stopped making those associations with the Pagan Myths as the Narnia stories reveal, and as do some of his comments (as recorded by Roger Lancelyn Green) which refer to Apollo as a "sub-specie" of Christ.

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      sorry, but Muhammed and buddah are just dead men: creatures. Jesus is divine and is the creator. They are not analogous. Muslims might compare aslan to allah, more likely.

  • Timo says:

    Aslan ain’t Jesus. Aslan is Lewis’ interpretation of Jesus. Lewis created Aslan, he didn’t create Jesus.
    Everybody has his thoughts and his interpretations…

    • Fire vien says:

      I must agree with you my good sir. Even though I am a devoted christian I see your point.

    • wolfloversk says:

      I agree too! Maybe that’s why this comment doesn’t bother as much as one he gave in an interview for PC, when he said something along the lines of "Well…I essentially play God." Because Aslan is only an allegorical symbol and fictional representation of Jesus, not Jesus himself in real life. Actually the two contradict each other a bit… canceling each other out. 😛

  • fauntastic says:

    What is wonderful about literature is that it can be interpreted in many different ways. Aslan may represent Christ to you, but that doesn’t mean that people who see Aslan as something else are wrong.
    I think that is what Liam was getting too, and that’s at least what I take this quote to mean. Please be less judge mental.

  • Brian in Calgary says:

    Too many people have an oddly skewed notion of what tolerence means. To me, as a Christian (in fact, I think for all reasonable people regardless of faith), it doesn’t mean that you must accept other people’s religious viewpoints as equally valid as your own, only that you accept other people as possessing intrinsic worth to the same extent that you yourself do.

    True tolerence allows one the right to dissent, even from the politically correct and religious relativism, and to defend one’s own beliefs, as long as one does so with civility and courtesy. And, one has the right to do all that without people screaming that one is trying to force one’s beliefs on others. Simply sharing one’s beliefs is a far cry from trying force them on other people. This is something that too many people just do not understand.

  • trinity-hawkeye says:

    with all due respected, we must prayed for him and leave the rest up to GOD! let Him DO it!

  • Kotarki says:

    The thing you have to keep in perspective here is that he is not saying that Jesus is on level Muhammad or Buddha, simply that Aslan can be interpreted as Muhammad or Buddha. If we are outraged more that a symbol is being desecrated rather than Jesus himself, then perhaps we should tune down our obsession with Narnia a bit.

  • Princess Lucy says:

    how can aslan represent Jesus…Jesus didn’t create the world…God is the only one who has the power to do anything…Jesus like us is a human that is weak and cannot do the things God does…infact Jesus is a messanger who was sent to earth to guide people to ONLY worship God..so yh aslan definitely doesn’t represent Jesus to me…

    • Princess Lucy says:

      and i don’t see aslan represent God either…well the actions of guiding and the the fact he has power clearly refers to God…but remember God doesn’t resemble any of his creations or anything we imagine….i know its a fantasy story but we need to get the right messages out there especially to children…hope everyone enjoys the film 🙂

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        Jesus IS God, but he is God made incarnate. In Narnia, this relationship between the Emperor Over The Sea and Aslan seems to be pretty much the same. Aslan chooses to appear as a lion because the people he created for Narnia are animals.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        actually Jesus is not God…sorri i didn’t make it clear before…they both have totally different roles and not the same…God is the creator of our world and everything that exists because he created it…Jesus was sent to earth to reveal this message to the people of his nation and for everyone to worship God not Jesus and respect Jesus as their messenger and a person to trust…unfortunately many beliefs have changed and people got the wrong idea of Jesus and thought he was God coz he was unusual…well infact he is like other messangers, muhammad, joseph, moses and others..but they were sent for different nations and lived as humans…and are humans…if you think about it….why are we alive and here…well the obvious answer is that its a test and we are all tested in what we do do and what we believe…i just want to tell yous the truth…its really upsetting to see many people learning the wrong ideas…so yeah why would we be alive for a short time and then die…ITS A TEST…trust me yous will all see what i mean later…and aslan as a lion is cute and reflects to the narnian creatures like u said…i can see why Lewis made him a lion but in reality God is nothing we can imagine…anyways i hope yous all enyoy VDT 🙂

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        In traditional, trinitarian christianity Jesus is not considered a distinct entity from God, but God in the form of a man—for mankind’s benefit. It is christian doctrine that, in order to save humanity from Adam’s Sin and eternal hell, God had to become man and be crucified. Nothing less than God himself would be able to erase man’s sins—-only God can do that. Jesus said that he was God. No other prophet or person (who really were merely God’s messengers on earth, but from earth—Elijah, Ezekial, Jeremiah, Nehemiah etc) who encouraged people to worship only God had claimed themselves to be God.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        why would we pay for others sins…i mean we all are accountable for every action we do whether its a sin or a good deed..and we are definitely not going to be punished for others sins…it doesn’t make sense….if any of us gets punished its for our doing of sins not Adam or others…Adam’s sin was he ate an apple from a tree that was forbidon by God to eat…but he repented to God for foregiveness…not to transform into a human…God already has the power to forgive him without transforming into a being…he’s that powerful…so as long as we ask for forgiveness to GOD…and promise not to do it again…we will be forgiven…

      • Princess Lucy says:

        and if you are saying God needs to transform and is not able to save everyone by his unimagined form…then u are saying God is weak..which is not right to believe in God especially with his power…God chose not to transform as to not confuse people into believing he is a human…so whoever has written it to say Jesus said he was God has translated wrong or didn’t like the truth…besides if yous want to follow Jesus..then please understand he never said he was a God and infact would be upset when he comes back to earth to see how wrong people has viewed him…even though they are praising him

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        I’m not implying God is weak. I mentioned that he appeared as a man for man’s benefit. In other words, so we wouldn’t be staring at something that might otherwise scare us into loving God. By appearing as a man, he connected with us and left all options (free will) open. If he had just changed The Fact without us knowing, would be we care. Would we care as much even if the prophets told us?

        I don’t know all the answers to this question, but God appearing as a man on earth must have given the people who had grown up knowing they would be seperated from God after death real hope.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        Also, the traditional belief is not that God was "tricking" us into believing Jesus was human. Jesus said that he was God. But his body was fully human. Jesus was FULLY God and FULLY man. If you can’t wrap your head around that, I don’t blame you. Only God could do that.

        As for people who supposedly mistranslated The Bible…do you really know that? Are you going to throw a thousand years of scholarship down the drain because they don’t agree with you? C.S. Lewis knew many languages, including Old Greek and Latin. I can assure you that people who do real translations are very careful. The greatest sin for a translator and philologist is to mis-translate a word and meaning, or sense. Often, when there is no equivalent sense between two languages, the phrase is left in its original language in the hope that people will eventually learn that language and find out its true sense.

    • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

      Because before Christ died on the cross and "trampled down death by death," everyone who died went to hell, or hades. Adam’s sin meant mortality, and expulsion from paradise and direct communication with God and knowing God. When Abraham, Noah, and Moses died they didn’t go to hell because they had sinned, but because death meant seperation from God. This was because of Adam. That’s why people often describe the Old Testament as "harsh."

      Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection meant that a person’s sin was no longer accounted to Adam’s sin. Now a person could love God AND be with him after death, if they lived the right life. The Bible also describes God going down into hades and taking Adam and the other Old Testament patriarchs back with him into Heaven. The Resurrection changed EVERYTHING.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        Before the Resurrection, loving God and then dying meant nothing. Going to Heaven wasn’t an open option. The Resurrection gave us that option. God gave us that option.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        Different messengers including Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, Joseph,Noah and many many others didn’t go to hell because they don’t commit major sins or blasphemy…the small sins they commit, they repent straight away to God because they have that extreme fear of the punishment in Hell….its been explained as a black fire with big flames which is extremely scary…and off course if they knew it will punish others by commiting sins..they would make sure they don’t committ not one sin…they are that nice…

      • Princess Lucy says:

        as for ressurection…neither of any of the prophets or God has ressurected…God does not die but is alive…God has always existed eternally and will always exist..thats why he is a creator…he doesn’t die…however before the day of judgement…everyone will be ressurected from their graves to be judge on their actions in this life…..as for Jesus, he didn’t die on the cross, he was saved by one another person who VULENTEERED to take his place and died instead…however Jesus(Isa) was sent to heaven and will come back to earth to live his life and continue to spread the right belief….

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        So Jesus, merely a man, had someone else crucified in his place so he could take a cruise back to heave?! I am not inspired. No way I would ever believe a jackass who did that. If that was the fact, then Jesus was a jerk.

        I don’t believe it.

        You are right though: God cannot die. That’s why he RESURRECTED on the third day. That’s how the apostle Thomas knew Jesus was God, when he saw him with his own eyes and touched Jesus’s wounds with his own hands after the fact of crucifixion. Only Jesus would be able to resurrect, because he is God.

    • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

      Moses and company didn’t sin? Moses struck the rock with his staff and took credit so that God didn’t allow him into the promised land!

      What I’m telling you is pretty simple: before the Resurrection there was no assurance that anybody was going to heaven to be with God. Elijah got lucky. In order to change this circumstance God became man, lived on Earth and preached, and was crucified. Not only was he changing the previous circumstances, but he was directly appearing and telling mankind that he was doing so.

      History is dated around Christ’s life. B.C. is Before Christ, A.D. is Anno Domini, Year of Our Lord (or sometimes people say "After [Christ’s] Death").

      Most Christians believe and understand Christianity as I’ve described it. This is what everyone, including Liam Neeson, grew up understanding about Christianity.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        i know what you mean about not all the messengers commit sins…yes you are right about that…and with ressurection…it only happens to those who have died…for instance everyone before the day of judgement…however why do say God has ressurected and he doesn’t die…it doesn’t connect…you see…

    • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

      Everything is possible with God. The only impossibility with God is that he cannot not exist. He can even die, in the human sense of dying. Dying in a larger sense? Nobody has ever done that, so we don’t know. But human death for God is a small thing. For us it is a huge thing. If after death we meet the spiritual world, that would not be a big deal for God since he rules over all things, heaven and earth. However, he didn’t just inject some painless needle and pass to the other side. He was crucified in the most cruel way that Romans had—so cruel that they had non-Romans do the crucifying of other Romans because they didn’t want to face it.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        offcourse everything is possible with God…he is the creator….and God was never killed even in a cruel way..God doesn’t exist in a place…God is the creator who doesn’t die, doesn’t have legs or any other body parts, doesn’t part away…God guides people and wills for everything to happen in this world to everyone.

    • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

      When God manifested himself on Earth it was not as if he ceased to exist in Heaven. He didn’t "put all his eggs into one basket," so to speak. He still exists in heaven even while he is present on Earth, and his being is divided between the two. Jesus said he "always was." So "when" Jesus was born on Earth it was as if he had always been Jesus, because he was God.

      We seem to agree that God is all-powerful and is outside of time and space. However it seems like you are the one who puts a limit on God when you say he could not die. He can die a human death in a human body, but he cannot remain dead because he is God and created everything. Therefore, while on Earth he humanly obeyed the laws of nature that he had created: he was born (but of a virgin!), he lived and grew and was hungry the same way that regular men are. He felt pain. But at the same time, he was above all these things and could have trumped them if he wanted to—if he had wanted to abandon the mission and not suffer for ours sins. The devil tempted him to do so.

      When Aslan appears after Lucy says the spell to make things visible that were invisible Aslan says both "I have always been here" and he says "why would I not obey the rules of my own creation?" In other words, God is ALWAYS there, but he CAN obey the rules of his creation if he chooses to. When Christians say that Christ died on the cross, we do not mean that he subsequently rotted and became part of the ground. That’s what atheists believe. Human death, in the Christian view, is a passageway between this world and the spiritual one. God CAN die in the human sense, if he is all powerful.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        Correction to my comment: His being is NOT divided between the two worlds.

      • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

        I have an essay due tomorrow, and unlike God I cannot exist inseperably in two natures :-p. I have to get this done in a temporal world. Goodnight!

      • Princess Lucy says:

        yes i guess we both agree that God is powerful…and yes God does exist..as in he is always there…but God is not in a place…he doesn’t need it , thats why he created it….he didn’t create places for him to be in…rather he did that for his creations including us as humans to be in a place….God doesn’t need anything including eating, sleeping and other sources and he doesn’t definitely need to become human…if you say he eats and everything while he is a human than you are saying he is like his creations which it isn’t the case…he doesn’t need to try and check out being human…he knows everything…i mean he knows our thoughts, our actions and everything….

      • Princess Lucy says:

        sorri i posted my comment before reading your last post…sorry about that…by the way goodluck in your essay and goodnight !!!

    • McGunn says:

      Read John chapter 1! Jesus IS God, and the world was created by him. He is the word, so when God said "Let there be light" Jesus was the Word of creation.

    • Lewis Tolkien says:

      Jesus Christ: "I and my father are one."

      –John 10:30

    • Lewis Tolkien says:

      Princess Lucy, out of curiosity, what religion do you consider yourself to belong to? The idea of Jesus as merely a messenger is, of course, a key aspect of Islam. However, I don’t know whether you are Muslim or not. If you are Christian, if you don’t mind me asking, what denomination do you belong to? I’m not familiar with a mainstream Christian denomination that views Jesus as merely a messenger of God, so I’d like to know. Or is it that you are merely charting your own personalized religious course?

      • Princess Lucy says:

        Yes you guessed it Lewis Tolkien ..i am a muslim…i didn’t say because i thought if i said it earlier…i would be fully criticise and i don’t want that to happen especially in this beautiful website where the staff are so kind to give us all these updates 🙂

      • Lewis Tolkien says:

        Oh, OK. I see. I guess quoting the Bible to you to make my point wasn’t the best strategy then? LOL.

        However, it’s still not a bad idea to look at the Bible regardless of one’s religion to find out more about the historical Jesus. After all, several of the men who wrote the New Testament knew Jesus personally, so I think they would be very likely to have a better sense of what he said than others who came centuries later. I mean, wouldn’t a 14th century Englishman know more about 14th century England than a Frenchman from 2010? And after all, why would the apostles lie; what they wrote only got many of them martyred, not rewarded. At any rate, perhaps you can still see the Bible as an important historical source?

        I would be curious to find out what your response (or that of Muslims in general) to Lewis’s book Mere Christianity is (I know, maybe not the most important Lewis book for a Muslim to read, but still it couldn’t hurt to find out more about other religions, even if just to rebut them). In it, he rather strongly argues against the idea of Christ as merely a prophet, since numerous witnesses to Christ’s sermons said that he claimed he was God. Lewis asserts that only a madman or an evil manipulator would make such a claim if it were not true, and a madman or an evil manipulator would not be a great prophet of God. That’s his general argument. Some other writers have published arguments against this line of reasoning, naturally.

        At any rate, don’t let religious disagreements chase you off the board. After all, Lewis himself loved to have vigorous debates with others on important topics.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        Thankyou…i know off course its interesting to see what other religions believe in and thats one of the reasons i am discussing on here lol…but yh and yes u are right about the books published in earlier times would more likely have the correct information than the recent ones…i mean thats when they were first made in the earlier century..but some of it..not all are still kept til today..so i guess finding the right one will answer all our questions 🙂

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      sounds like jehovah’s witness or latter day saints doctrine . but the bible said thsat jesus declared he was divine, the son of god and fufilled the prophecies pointing to the messiah’s return.. you either believe him or you don’t . he never said he was a messenger, that was started by men who refused to accept his authority.

  • Ariel_of_Narnia says:

    I don’t care what Liam Neeson says. Aslan is NOT symbolic of Muhammed or Buddah! He is a picture of Christ and a picture of Christ ALONE.

    • Thyservant says:

      That sounds like a Muslim. If Jesus isn’t God, then we all have to go to hell.

    • Thyservant says:

      I’m so sorry… I wasn’t replying to you but the one above… Deeply sorry…

    • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

      That’s fine, if that’s your opinion. And personally, I agree with you. But Mr. Neeson saying he believes Aslan also represents the wisdom of those other philosophers is his own opinion, and he stated it as such: as an opinion. He was not saying that CS Lewis intended Aslan as a representation of those other guys, in addition to Aslan. Basically Neeson is saying that Aslan’s wisdom reminds him of Muhammed and Buddha’s wisdom in addition to Christ’s. I don’t see anything wrong with that. After all, both of those guys came AFTER Christ, so it is completely possible to find wisdom in other places which agree with what Christ said.

  • Pepper Darcy says:

    Wow. Neeson scared me that Aslan could be compared to Mohaumed. Because I always thought Tash represented him.

    But again, I still respect, Neeson. The comparason was just so scary after LB and all.

    • Princess Lucy says:

      why do you think Mohamad represents Tash….Mohammad was a prophet that guides people to worship God, to do the right things and to avoid bad deeds…whats soo evil about that…ohh pepper darcy don’t listen what people say about Muhamad..they don’t know what they are talking about…i know Tash really freaks me out too hehee 🙂

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        sorry, but the koran directly says that mohammed killed over 8,000 men, looted their belongings, raped women, and mated with a 9 year old. get your facts straight.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        u obviously read the wrong one…i am too sad to even say more

    • Clive Staples Sibelius says:

      Tash doesn’t represent Muhammed, he represents Satan. Perhaps something even less than Satan. The Calormenes are not based on peoples of the Middle-East in Lewis’ time. Their culture is pagan (they have multiple gods), while Islam is montheistic. Moreover, no matter how much I disagree with Islam, it would be pretty insulting to tell them that they worshipped Satan. The Calormenes have a very Persian culture, probably derived from The Arabian Nights.

      Incidentally, "Aslan" is the Persian word for lion.

      • Gandalfs Beard says:

        Actually Aslan is the Turkish, Arabic, AND Persian word for Lion…which just goes to show that CS Lewis’s imagination and theology was far more Universal than most people give him credit for.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        pre Mohammed, the arabic religion WAS polytheistic, and Allah was the moon god. one of 365 gods. Muhammed chose allah to promote as the solo god and borrowed parts of the hebrew bible’s theology, getting some parts mixed up. (like the virgin mary lived in noah’s day, etc.) tha’ts why the jews got mad at him and drove him out of town, and he got revenge later.

  • Princess Lucy says:

    and with Jesus it is true yes…it wasn’t his idea…someone wanted to replace him so he can continue to spread the correct belief especially it was said that over generations and years many people will move away from the belief and get tricked by the devils to believe different things as God and even worshipped them..infact it has already happened before Jesus was born …so yh and God has willed for this to happen

    • Princess Lucy says:

      sorri this comment was meant to be in the two above comments 😉

      • onedayit'llbeme says:

        Hey Princess Lucy! As a muslim as well (and a dedicated Narnia fan!), i just wanted to say you are doing a great job in showing people that Aslan can represent whoever one choses him to reprensent (if that makes sense 😉 ). I go to a Catholic College and fully respect the views of Christian, Islam and Christianity have been very closely related for centuries. However its sad how some people take the similarity offensively and as usual, although Muhammad and Buddah are mentioned, its Muhammad people have the issue with! Keep up the good work!

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        people just have an issue with mohammed denying christ’s divinity. that is one of the major doctine’s of islam.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        onedayit’llbeme …i know aye!!!!…its all about muhamad…i haven’t seen one comment about budda…so yh ur right…thankyou for your EXTREME kindness….u make me feel much better…i guess i am trying my best to give out the correct information 😉

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      God doesn’t want it, he allows men free will to do as they please and won;t force them.

  • Thyservant says:

    All the comments above seem to be like the Last Battle! So we should stay firmly true to the old story which is the true story – ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life’!

  • sachin says:

    1.Lord Jesus Christ Was Son Of God And He Died For Our Sins And Later Lived Again.

    2.We As Christians Will Never Believe That Some One Else Was Crucified In Place Of Jesus It’s Like Insulting The Great Sacrifice Of JESUS.

    3.ASLAN IS ONLY ONLY ONLY Jesus … Only Jesus

    4.Neeson is Acting Like An Ignorant Idiot.

    • Gandalfs Beard says:

      Ummm…your comment strikes me as a bit rude and condescending. Lewis meant his book to be enjoyed by children of all faiths, and if they came to know Christ through his books that was a bonus.

      Neeson as a modern Catholic with somewhat Universal Views is a wonderful person, a great actor, and not at all ignorant.

  • OnceAKingorQueenofNarnia says:

    Oh my god you people! Can’t you see this world will never be free of horrible wars if we dont learn to RESPECT eachother and all faiths! All religions say the same very good thing: Be a good person, try your best and don’t kill eachother. But somehow religion brings out the worst in some people and make them act the complete opposite. It’s very sad.

  • Little Joe says:

    Who cares what one actor thinks? 95 percent of Hollywood actors are messed up in the head anyways. In my opinion Neeson is one of the less messed up in the head. I may not agree with his opinion but I’m sure not going to freak out about one actor opinions… Besides. We don’t even see his face in the movie. So who cares?
    Yeah I’m a Christian. I’m not going to force my opinion on other people. They can believe what they want to believe, however I will say that Muhammad was not a prophet of peace.
    At the beginning of his teaching he pretended to be, because he was attempting to reach Jews and Christians, when he found that he could not convert them, he changed his tactics and began his teachings of blood, death and Jihad.
    Don’t put words in my mouth saying that I say that all Muslims are Jihadist and Terrorists because I’m not. What I am saying is that Muhammad was a Prophet with the want for blood in his vein. Anyone who says he isn’t, well I encourage you to track down a family member of one of the thousands who died in 2001 during the attacks on the American homeland.
    And OnceAkingorQueenofNarnia, you realise the only two religions arguing here… The Religion of Muslims and the Religion of Christians.

    These two religions shall be at war until Christ comes back and even after. Its the way the world is. Live with it, you want true peace? Wait till you die. Because that is when you will get it.

    • Princess Lucy says:

      Little Joe…i have studied the religion of Islam for 13 years and not one passage states that Muhamad is evil or bad…how can you prove what you have just said…you definitely don’t know what you are talking about…and you are not researching correctly or you are just saying that to give an excuss why you think Muhamad is wrong…before you spread this incorrect information…read the islamic religion books and fix up your facts…

      • Princess Lucy says:

        *excuse

      • Princess Lucy says:

        ok if the people who died in the attacks in 2001 were attacked by what you say terrorists then let me tell you those are the ones who don’t follow the religion…Islam… well at least not properly even though they look like muslims and called themselves muslims…from what i have studied and Islam is not about killing people rather it teaches them to not commit suicides…definitely not kill others…to respect everyone whether if they are muslim or non muslim…to be humble, patient and steady to the religion…WHAT about priests they call themselves that rape children..not all of them..but some do coz they don’t get married or something…i’m sure christians often do something wrong…

      • Lewis Tolkien says:

        Numerous historical sources illustrate that Muhammad was a warlord. Of course, Muslims justify the fighting that he engaged in, and of course the acts of aggression were not just his. However, it cannot be denied that Muhammad and his followers took wealth and land from others at the point of a sword while initially spreading their new religion. This is a stark difference between Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus didn’t have other’s blood on his hands. Indeed, he said to turn the other cheek if others attack you.

        Beyond this, Muhammad married a seven year old girl and consummated his relationship with her at the ripe old age of nine. I have heard Islamic scholars discuss this relationship (one said that it was a wonderful relationship because he loved her so much!), and I have read about it in Islamic sources. Now, of course, this was more common back then, but of course this is another stark distinction with Jesus. Add to this the differences in their teachings and really I don’t see how anyone can put these two in the same category. They were pretty radically different from each other.

    • High Queen of Narnia says:

      Look, no one is perfect. Not Muslims, not Christians, not Liam Neeson. Everyone messes up sometimes and when we do the best thing we can do is realize that we messed up and repent, and pray that others notice that they messed up and repent as well.
      However, I really don’t think that Liam Neeson messed up all that horrifically – or even at all. He did NOT say that Mohammed or Buddah or other great spiritual leaders were on the same level as Christ – he merely said that he saw all the great spiritual leaders and prophets symbolized in Aslan. I don’t know why he said that or what led him to that belief, but he isn’t as far out there as some of you seem to think he is. Christ is in everyone – including Mohammed and Buddah. He is the good in everyone and even if you disagree with the teachings of Mohammed and Buddah, they still had Christ reflected in them somewhere because they can’t help it. That doesn’t make them entirely correct or right or anything like that, it just means that they have Christ in them like we have Christ in us.
      So really, when Neeson says that he sees all the prophets and spiritual leaders symbolized in Aslan, he could just be saying that he sees their Christ-like elements. Emphasis on could. But we don’t know what Neeson meant exactly, we don’t have the thought process that went into that statement and we don’t have the reasons for that statement. So it is quite unfair to Neeson to condemn him and say that he is in desperate need of prayers for conversion because of one statement.
      One last thing, can we all remember that in the broad context of things Aslan is a fictional character? Yes, Lewis meant for Aslan to be a symbol of Christ in his books, but Aslan is not Christ Himself. Aslan himself is a fictional character and it is. not. a. sin. to interpret him differently than how Lewis said he was to be interpreted, essentially. I personally do not agree entirely with Neeson’s statement, but think it is getting more attention than it is worth. If that is what he wants to think, then why are we getting so worked up about it? Is it because Liam Neeson does the voice of Aslan? If say… the actor who did the voice of Reepicheep made that statement about Aslan, would anyone care that much?
      One last thing before I finish this long comment, sorry, I didn’t mean to go on for so long. Neeson said that he saw in Aslan "Mohammed, Buddha and ALL the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries." ALL the spiritual leaders and prophets…. he mentioned Buddha too, and yet I only see people freaking out because he said Mohammed. Really guys?

      • onedayit'llbeme says:

        i soooooooo agree with you High Queen on Narnia, thanks for pointing that out

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        because mohammed would kill you if you didn’t renounce christ, THAT’S WHY

      • Princess Lucy says:

        mohammad doesn’t kill people..infact in islam…it is the biggest sin after blasphemy to kill ourselves/ kill others

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        it says right in the koran that mohammed killed thousands, and don’t give me that line that I’m reading an incorrect koran, it’s the basis of many islamic sermons throughout the world.

  • Annabeth says:

    I’m not sure how i feel about this. it doesn’t make me mad, but it’s just interesting. i don’t think i agree with it, but i do agree the muslims, buddhists, and christians can all get something out of the Narnia series.

  • Little Joe says:

    I’m beginning to think that your only defense is to call people stupid and dump, I will tell you that you do not need to go school for thirteen years to be well read on the Islamic religion. I have read the Quran, even if I don’t have the privilege of attending a school on Islam for 13 year I am still better read the religion than most of the people in the United States.

    I’m not saying that people who call themselves Christians are perfect, priests who rape children are incorrect in calling themselves Christians, for they are not, they are hypocrites and will join the Jihadists in hell when they die.

    And of course the Islamic texts wouldn’t state that Muhammad is bad. He is the founder of the religion.

    Now, you are saying that Muhamad never called for Jihad, well I’m here to tell you that he did, read this and tell me that he did call for Jihad and that he wrote it in the Quran.

    K 8:039-048
    Set 30, Count 66-75
    "Fight with them until there is no more persecution and religion should be only for Allah…"

    As I said, I’m fine with the Muslims who prefer the moderate way, however. I’ll stick to my guns in saying that Islam at its very core is a violent evil religion, and the governments that abide by it and the Shariah Law are equal to or worse then the regimes of Hitler and Stalin.

    • Princess Lucy says:

      I would never call any of yous dumb or stupid…i am just concerned for yous…anyways yes off course no one is perfect…we all often make mistakes and then we try to fix them obviously….and the muslims who kill people and do all terrible stuff…i am as angry as you guys about it…infact i am even angrier because you know it just makes it look like we are all like that which really upsets me because i would never or any of the muslims who clearly follow their religion would not even think of it…and then everyone else think Islam is teaching the wrong things which isn’t true…they are CLEARLY not following their own religion…I am telling yous it is very similar to Catholic in terms of treating people, forgiveness and many others but the belief is different…

      Now i need to explain…the source and the quran you have read is clearly misinterpreted…the quran is the word of God that was originally written in arabic…but as the centuries pass..many English and many other languages has been translated in the quran…but unfortunately alot of them mis translate the words…because in arabic each word has around 15 meanings…so its very easy for one to translate wrong which has happened…but not all are wrong..its just the matter of finding the right one…and you may think they are obviously going to say Prophet Muhamad is not evil and all that…but that is the correct meaning whether yous believe it or not…

      • onedayit'llbeme says:

        Thanks for that Princess Lucy. Being a muslim I know that is very true. Context also needs to be taken into account when looking at evidence. Little Joe keep your views on other religions to yourself – its a movie at the end of the day!

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        YOU HAVEN’T been listening to too many Islamic leaders around the world then. They are directly calling for the death of jews and for them to be wiped off the face of the earth. I think the professional inmans know muslim doctrine a little bit better than you.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        there are at least 2 translations into english that are accepted by muslim authorities, so that excuse doesn’t wash anymore.

      • Princess Lucy says:

        hey High Queene Shelly Belly….um they may call themselves islamic leaders and sheikhs,…BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE FOLLOWING THE RELIGION CORRECTLY…infact they are doing the opposite..i think i know more about islam than u…u only hear bits of it from media that is against muslims too…so its not goin to help you thinking we are bad…GET UR FACTS RIGHT!!!

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        I am not getting my facts from the media, i have studied the theology of Islam directly in comparative religions studies. You cant sugarcoat that Mohammed killed those who woulnd’t submit to his man made doctrines that are some times so ridiculous its obvious he just made them up- like satan sleeps in your nose (that’s a great one) or that a woman can determine the sex of a baby- we know now it is from the man’s dna.

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        and i am not being argumentative in an angry way, I am sorry for the people ensnared in this "religion" that they are not allowed to leave even if their conscience bothers them, for they face a death sentence if they try, and by their own family’s hands. not even close to being a peaceful religion,,but the creation of a power hungry madman.

  • narniafan#1 says:

    I’m not going to get all upset over this, and I realize my comments may not even get read because I am posting this so late. Here’s my two-cents worth:
    1) I am very disapointed that Mr. Neeson, who is Catholic, has not studied more on the differences of his religion and others before making this comment. He would have seen how very different they actually are. But that’s his problem, not ours, and I’m not going to scold him for it. Hollywood in general is very wacked-out and confused when it comes to portraying any religion, and especially Christianity.
    2) As for C.S.Lewis "dabbling in paganism", all Christians go through periods of doubt. It is suffice to say that no matter what his struggles were, he was a very strong Christian and loved Jesus Christ. Also, there is nothing wrong with reading make-believe stories about Greek gods and Norse legends, as long as one knows they aren’t real.
    3) To anyone who doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about whether Aslan truly depicts Jesus Christ or not, there is only one thing to do. READ the Bible for yourself and then READ Narnia. Does Aslan reflect Jesus? Find out!

  • Little Joe says:

    Well then Miss Princess Lucy, please direct me to good translation of the Quran, I’ll read it and come back with new thoughts. Until then, not much will change my mind. There are simply to many Muslims who wish to destroy America and Israel for me to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion.

    • Annabeth says:

      hey, um…do you think you could talk about this somewhere else? i don’t mind the topic or anything, i think it’s very interesting, actually. but for the sake of other Narniawebbers, do you think you could hold off? thanks. 🙂

      • Princess Lucy says:

        Little Joe…I am currently in the process of receiving the correct translater of the quran….i will tell it to you here as soon as I receive it…sorry for the delay…and sorry Annabeth…I wouldn’t have said more…but I didn’t want to ignore Little Joes’s question…so yh 🙂

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        this topic is more important than a movie, and relates to what is being said about the movie. try reading last battle and see how it is being played out in real life right before our eyes.

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      one of the most popular diversionary tactics in islam is to tell non arabic speakers they didn’t translate it right. how many times have muslims shouted allah is great before they killed an innocent person? it’s a religious act to them. that needs no tranlation at all.

  • QueenLucytheValient says:

    This is horrible, I am so dissappointed I know he’s an actor and stuff, and you can’t expect Neeson to be totally Cristian about it. He isn’t, but well, it is still very dissapointing to think the the voice of Aslan thinks that way.

  • wolfloversk says:

    I vote we all read Luke 6:27-42! Especially Luke 6:37. That’s the very reason why this article concerns me- it seems to forget that… We can do all the finger pointing and name calling we want, but we have no right to. Only God has that right, because he is the only one who knows our hearts… what we can do is pray for wisdom to do whatr’s right, and pray that the cast and crew all grow closer to him through this experience, and that he uses it to reach the audiences…and that people stop their hateful bashing of others when it’s only based on a few comments.

  • Wman4JC says:

    I am also disappointed to read this comment by Neeson. He is the actor portraying Aslan in Narnia which has become a box office success and for him to make a comment like that has us all surprised. It doesn’t mean I don’t respect other religions and philosophers, but Aslan was only created to symbolize Christ. It’s disappointing that Neeson made that comment. He is a fantastic actor and his voice does Aslan justice, but that comment does not belong in the advertising of Dawn Treader for which I’m greatly looking forward to watching.

  • Ahmad says:

    Hi, am new here. Am a fan of narnia books and movies. How can he said that Aslan represent Jesus or Muhammad. Those are great men and aslan is just a character in a story. Am muslem and as a muslem i must love and respect Jesus, Muhammad and all the prophets more than anyone else.

  • onedayit'llbeme says:

    Why are people getting so upset about this? Although Narnia has quite quite deep roots in Christianity, it has universal themes like love, forgiveness, courage and loyalty that every one can relate to, no matter from what religion. I am not a Christian and although I can understand some people may get upset about it, Liam was just expressing his personal opinion and was trying to wider the perspective of the film. I am just a teenager and I can see that Liam is not the writer. Besides that, thats the beauty of writing – you can interpret from it what you wish. I am a Muslim and I can tell you that it also agrees with some of the key themes in the novel. I would also like to remind people that this isnt a platform to start expressing views on other religions and i have felt quite offended from reading some of the comments on this page. Calm down everyone!

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      in america we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion. we do not have to stop our discussion only because YOU are offended. That is a form of emotional blackmail and it’s about time the spineless ones in america wake up and stop being suckered in by people and their objections. How about YOU get over "being offended" and stop demanding we kowtow to you?

      • Princess Lucy says:

        Give the person a break…can’t u see the comment is written in a sweet way and i read yours and you are basically backstabbing the person just because he/she is muslim…i am not going to call you racist..but please like respect everyone..we are not planning to kill yous if thats what u r thinking…well at least we are the few that follows the religion correctly…the one that teaches us not to kill anyone…btw why are the jews killing muslims..can u answer that…we are human and we all get offended with things so wake up and be nice for a change…please

      • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

        it’s not the person i have a problem with , it’s the doctrines of Islam that teach its followers that they can lie and decieve to promote the cause of Islam. And the "I am offended" line is a common ploy to use social pressure to get the foolish to censor themselves. as i said, i hope all muslims have a chance to escape the brainwashing, they deserve better.

      • onedayit'llbeme says:

        High Queen Shelly Belly, if Islam is so terrible, why according to recent statistics even used on the BBC, are 10,000 Americans converting to Islam every year!?!? Islam is clearly filling a void that something else has created. The question is, what is that something?

  • 220chrisTian / AslansLily says:

    Georgie Henley defends Liam Neeson on Aslan. And she says other cast members were ‘very excited’ on hearing his view of Aslan at Thursday’s press conference…

    http://thecatholicspirit.com/featured/neeson-narnias-aslan-the-lion-represents-all-great-spiritual-leaders/

  • Narnia Freak says:

    ASLAN DOSE NOT, NOT, NOT REPRESENT ANYTHING BUT ASLAN! THAT IS SOOOO WRONG! It reminds me of Tashlan!

    • Lord of Cair Paravel says:

      It’s just like Tashlan! It’s the most ABSURD thing I have ever heard in my entrie life! Aslan represents Jesus and Jesus alone. Jesus is the ONLY way. All other religeons are pure nonsense!

    • High Queene Shelly Belly says:

      looks like the day of Tashlan is here—— beware

  • Princess Lucy says:

    Thankyou onedayit’llbeme for your extreme kindness…its nice to hear someone not criticing us for for sake of it…btw everyone i hope yous enjoy the film and lets not continue with this subject…its making me depressing and i am sure for you too…lets celebrate for the film and rather appreciate what the staff in this website are doing for us …please 😉

  • aftereight says:

    Its fascinating how so many Christians are insistant, even desperate, to equate Aslan with Christ alone, and dismiss the prospect of any other spiritual guide, as in Neesons comment. This is clearly a reaction to secularism, and the Godless society that the liberal west has forged. Its as though they are starved of proudly proclaiming their Christian identity, in the usual ways, and therefore need ownership of it, even if its in the form of a lion!

    • David says:

      It is a simple matter of fact. CS Lewis wrote the books. He meant Aslan as a symbol of Jesus Christ. Period. No insistance, desperation etc. He as a matter of fact symbolizes Jesus and no one else. Neither this actor’s or anyone elses opinion matter in terms of this fact.

  • Bruce Crane says:

    In the press coverage surrounding Liam Neeson’s remarks on the character of Aslan in the latest Narnia film, there is reference to an order of “American Catholic priests and a Lenten CD of spiritual meditations.”

    The Redemptorists of the Denver Province collaborated with Liam Neeson in 2009 on the Lenten production, “Praying the Way of the Cross.” Proceeds support the work of our foreign missionaries in Brazil and Nigeria.

    The CD is available through Little Lamb Music at http://www.littlelambmusic.com

  • narnianheart says:

    I think it is very clear that Aslan is based on Christ. I’m not quite sure how you get Muhammed or Buddha from C.S.Lewis’s books. But i except that is different for different people.

    220chrisTian / AslansLily, thank you for posting that link.

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