Aslan (Turkish for lion) is, in literature, the central character of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and the titular lion of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. To the residents of Narnia, he is their guardian and savior. He is also the creator of Narnia and ultimately its destroyer. Many people see parallels with the character and story of Jesus Christ, such as his sacrifice, which is reminiscent of the accounts of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. Because of this, furry Christians sometimes refer to Jesus as Aslan and often portray him in artwork as a lion. However, according to Lewis, Aslan is not an allegory for Christ at all, but rather an actual hypothetical incarnation of Christ.
- Martindale, Wayne & Jerry Root (1990), The Quotable Lewis, Tyndale House, ISBN 0-8423-5115-9