Talk:The Last Battle

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Lewis' Critique of Evolution?

The Chronicles of Narnia are, of course, Christian allegory, and The Last Battle, in particular, deals in an allegorical fashion with the End Times and the final judgment. Thus, it contains criticisms of behaviors which Lewis saw as corrosive to faith in the real world: Susan's vanity and worldliness, the readiness of the Narnians to accept a false prophet and false idol, the cynical use of faith for political ends by the atheistic Calormene Tarkaan and talking cat. (One could also see parallels between the claims that the god of the very Arabic Calormenes and Aslan are the same and the claim that Allah and God are the same; whether this was Lewis' intent, I don't know.)

I have always read the book (and the series as a whole) as also including a somewhat subtle criticism of evolution and unrestrained science as a whole. Consider:

1. The main antagonist of the beginning of the book is an ape. The ape is dishonest, but very persuasive; he persuades many Narnians to follow him down a false path that results in their loss of faith.

2. Later in the book, the ape begins claiming to actually be a man, and not an ape.

3. The ape's name is Shift--which, of course, is a word for a gradual change. Now, that's not a very strong proof in and of itself, but knowing Lewis' fondness for wordplay and coupling it with the above evidence, I've always taken it as a fairly subtle and witty jab at evolution.

My question is this: does anyone know if there are any reliable sources concerning this? If it's true, it might make a useful addition to the article, but I don't want to stick it in just based on surmise and conjecture. --BenP 20:53, 5 May 2009 (EDT)

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