Some evangelical Christians question whether the late ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ author and lay theologian would want his religious insights interspersed in a gender-neutral version of the Bible, saying he held a more conservative view.

At a time when the words of the late British novelist, scholar and lay theologian C.S. Lewis are reaching more people than ever, a newly published Bible bearing his name has excited fans and provoked debate over whether Lewis would have approved.

“The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the third film created from Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series, has earned more than $400 million since its December release. Next month, Lewis’ translation of Virgil’s Aeneid will be published. A stage adaptation of “The Screwtape Letters” is on national tour. And C.S. Lewis College, a Christian school, is expected to open in 2012 in Massachusetts.

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