Some time ago, a younger member of The Lion's Call (for those who don't know what that is, it is a Narnia fan site, more book based, and I am a staff member there) put out the question of what is the Christian spiritual theme of The Silver Chair (book 4 or 6 of The Chronicles of Narnia). As SC is my favorite of the CoN, and I had in recent years started looking into the themes, myself, I posted the following list in answer. I thought some of you might like to read this, and I would love you hear any comments or any other themes you all may like to add! And, maybe encourage you to find the various themes of the other books as well? ;-)
Christian Themes of The Silver Chair
When you think about it, it's about redemption and the Christian life in general:
- How the children were calling to Aslan because he was calling to them (we reach out to Christ because He reaches out to us)
- The scene at the river being Aslan offers relief to our thirst (Jesus offers us Living Water, also see the story of the woman at the well)
- That there is no other stream (Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, there is no other way to the Father)
- To lay down selfish pride to live a life of righteousness (Jill apologizing to Aslan for showing off)
- To live in the Word (learning and memorizing the signs)
- To follow that which God has called us to do (the quest to find Rilian)
- To not fall into temptation
- To be aware that Satan will try to deceive us (the LotGK)
- That grace is offered to us when we fall, and that, as long as we get back up from our fall, we can still accomplish God's plan for our life
- To live as like a Christian no matter what the world says (Puddleglum's speech)
- That when we walk in the Word out of God's super-abounding grace there is freedom from bondage for us and those we minister to, and that we have power to break any attack of the enemy (breaking Rilian's bonds, destroying the chair, snapping out of the LotGK's spells)
- That Christ's blood has defeated death to bring us life eternal in Heaven (Aslan's thorn pierced paw, spilling the blood into the river to bring Caspian to life in Aslan's Country).
Anywho...those are most of the one's I've found...there could still be more.