The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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Cover of the 2012 edition, published by Geoffrey Bles

My teacher, Mr.Fellows, gave English IV class an assignment based on the book, Srewtape Letters. This book is about the little things Satan and his Devils use to distract us from God.

At first I didn’t understand how he uses everything around us, or our daily routines, to be uninterested in Him. But then I understood what C.S. Lewis was trying to tell us.

There are two equal and opposites errors into which our view falls into concerning the devil. One is to disbelieve their existence, and the other is to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in the devil. Lewis writes the book in the form of letters, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is an amusing and insightful correspondence between a senior devil, Screwtape, and his nephew, Wormwood, a “young fiend.” The letters that Screwtape writes to Wormwood, is the subject of a human being, newly converted to Christianity, whom Screwtape refers to as ” the patient.” Throughout the book Screwtape tries to help Wormwood tempt the patient away from Heaven and into Hell. He encourages his nephew’s successes, suggests various and devious ways to enter the man’s thoughts and influence him, and he insults Wormwood for his failures as the patient starts attending church. The patient goes through various ups and downs of faith, falls in love with a Christian girl, and is called to service in the War. Screwtape makes a commentary in the last Chapter of the book, that is a witty and cautionary commentary on the state of the modern human soul.

 

 

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