Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 12-7-2016

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

English

Keywords

C. S. Lewis, Naturalism, Supernaturalism, Imagination, The Chronicles of Narnia, Miracles, Anscombe

Disciplines

Children's and Young Adult Literature | Christianity | Literature in English, British Isles | Modern Literature | Reading and Language | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

In this paper I suggest The Chronicles of Narnia were occasioned by Elizabeth Anscombe’s critique of chapter three of Miracles. Instead of a retreat from debate, The Chronicles show that the Supernatural is not something to be contemplated, but instead experienced. In the stories, the children’s dominant naturalism and ignorance of Supernaturalism personally encounter the highest Supernatural being. When transitioning from Miracles to The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis’s writing altered from operating under the Argument from Reason to the experience of imagination in order for the reader to personally experience – not contemplate – Supernaturalism. Fairytale, romance, and archetypes create the perfect framework for the reader to enjoy the hidden divinity of Supernaturalism in The Chronicles without distracting him with contemplation.