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The Incarnation, allegory, and idolatry
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C. S. Lewis has, influentially, characterized the lion of FQ I.III as “a type of the natural, the ingenuous, the untaught.” But Lewis’s was an almost literal reading. The lion allegorizes, in accordance with tradition, for Christ Incarnate. Spenser here and elsewhere implies that it is the confusion of the allegorical with the Incarnational that characterizes, and even defines, idolatry.

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