[This](http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=231) post on Narnia is obvious bunkum by someone who obviously learned the term *deus ex machina* when he was in 3rd grade and hasn’t learned anything about literature, philosophy or religion since. Basically, it’s a few thousand words complaining about the fact that Aslan shows up whenever he wants to and then leaves, and about the fact that Aslan suffers and then gets better. Good heavens! As if God, by virtue of being powerful, is required to break his own rules! Nevertheless, it did raise one interesting question for me:
Why *does* Aslan leave? Or better yet, why does he keep coming back? In the real-world parallel, Jesus said, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” The idea being that if Jesus is gone from us, then we still have the Holy Spirit, and that in some sense this is an improvement. But in Narnia, there is no functional equivalent of the Holy Spirit at work. There’s definitely a sense of God directing history, and there’s evidence enough of the supernatural (I understand Lewis believed in modern miracles), but there’s nothing to indicate any kind of supernatural ability being dispense to anybody, in any sense. But if there’s no “Narnian Holy Spirit,” then whenever Aslan leaves, it is clearly *not* an improvement.
In C. S. Lewis’ defense, I will say that he was writing in allegory, and that somewhere along the line, the analogy always breaks apart. On the other hand, as it stands, we end up with references to a 2-person godhead, which is a standard problem for people who give insufficient place to the Holy Spirit.
Hat tip: [Dangerous Idea](http://dangerousidea.blogspot.com/)
PS. This guy has his site riddled with quotes from [Lazarus Long](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074348844X) and he’s bothered about *dei ex machinae* in C. S. Lewis?!