I just finished reading the Princess and the Goblin and the Princess and Curdie written by George MacDonald, a prolific author of Childrens books and a congregationalist minister (albeit not one enamored with Calvinism) whose writing greatly influenced Chesterton and the works of Tolkien.
In reading the Princess and Curdie, and to a lesser extent, the Princess and the Goblin, I got the feeling that the Great Huge Grandma in the Princess and Curdie was a lot like a precursor to Lewis' Aslan as used as allegory. The Old Princess shows up in unexpected forms, sends help from above, changes bad into good with fire etc..
My question is, however regarding MacDonald, is there anything in his use of allegory that is contrary to Catholic doctrine? I could always pick the good parts and avoid the bad parts, but I'd rather take the whole thing. I'm reading the books to my kids right now and have just left them as books (which I believe to be the proper thing to do, just plant the seed of goodness in them through allegory). But if there are any themes to revisit in the future, I'd like to know.
- Is it OK, in allegory to make God an old woman (even a very strong old woman)?
- Does an allegory of God require a death and resurrection, ala Stone Table (and not just a coming and going of old age)?