Analysis The preface to The Screwtape Letters serves two primary purposes. But what permanent good does it do us unless we make use of it for bringing souls to Our Father Below? From opposing stem cell research to promoting coercive prayer and indoctrination in public schools to plastering the Ten Commandments over every government building, it is hard not to get the impression that most conservative Christians view their religious beliefs not as an end in themselves, but as a means to the true end of imposing their political will on others in several highly noticeable and symbolic ways. And that is a big no-no in hell! He should try to make the Patient feel disappointed. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Screwtape and Wormwood are cats and he is a mouse.
Part of what makes The Screwtape Letters so unique is this rare combination: Lewis uses witty humor to defend his religion, making his argument more approachable and engaging. No matter how superficially convincing it may seem, it warns, all contrary argument is an evil deception that must be rejected out of hand. One is to disbelieve in their existence. Disappointment, Screwtape says, usually marks major transitions in life. No matter what one thinks about a religion, this work is yet another evidence of C. Just one chapter before, Lewis was talking about how God values human free will so greatly that he does not override it with supernatural manifestations.
Throughout the novel, Wormwood, as narrated by Screwtape, utilizes both circumstances and people in an attempt to make The Patient fall from grace. If your patient should happen to belong to it, everything is easy. It is in the Answer Key where most of the detail, explanation, and commentary of the letters occur. Alternatively Screwtape advises that Wormwood manipulate The Patient to feel fearfulness. The man becomes engaged to a Christian girl, entering her charitable and loving circle of family and friends, and grows in his faith.
It stimulates lots of conversation within our group. Screwtape heavily emphasizes in early chapters, or his early letters rather, that the best, most efficient way to fully corrupt the human soul is to do this as subtly as possible. And whatever answer a Christian proposes to explain this dilemma, why is the same exact answer not applicable to Earth? Another Wormwood series of instructions. Lewis was extremely well read in ancient and medieval literature and many of his themes can only be fully grasped if the background literature is read in its context. But this line hints that he believes not only that they exist but that they actively revealed themselves in the past.
How can Christians benefit from such a point of view? My highest compliments for a blessed work. In his novel, Lewis satirizes diabolical as well as human attitudes toward Christianity and truth. I simply want to touch base on several main ideas Lewis portrays through the dialogue and overall themes of this work. There is no faster or easier way to learn the chapter summaries. How could a believer ever tell whether any or all of their own scriptures and traditions — including the ones that teach them about demons in the first place — were actually inspired by evil spirits? The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.
Better yet, the patient could be induced to marry someone. Screwtape expounds on the erroneous belief The Patient espouses in the next letter. This section will provide these words in the order of their appearance in the respective letter to help the reader avoid having to find a dictionary each time they read a different letter. Hopefully, its readers will appreciate the depth and comprehensive nature in the presentation of the material. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight. He gives him lots of excellent advice about how to subtly tempt a human being away from thoughts of God and one's neighbors toward thoughts of self, materialism, doubt, cowardice, and denial of the existence of God. Screwtape recollects how he kept an atheist from reasoning that the Enemy exists by tempting him to go to lunch.
And we have our plans — directions — where we want to go in the middle. I have been able to describe the viewpoint of my extract from a macro and micro view as well as have found instances of most, if not all, of the linguistic indicators of viewpoint. He mentions that the various interpretations of Jesus that exist in society other than the orthodox one, of course are devilish inventions: The advantages of these constructions, which we intend to change every thirty years or so, are manifold. In addition, I had to choose to concentrate on only one aspect of the text which means that I could not take into account other aspects of the text that may have given me a more rounded interpretation of the text. The logical conclusion from these beliefs would be that it is a morally praiseworthy act to kill children, thereby guaranteeing their salvation. Wormwood, Screwtape's nephew, is less than a stellar student when it comes to influencing a human being in a hellish direction.
In this way, the author is able to reel us into the diabolical mind. Similarly, in the case of the high dive, the complacency of the person discussing it on the ground is not supported by the facts of the matter: the peril of such an experience and the reaction it will likely produce. We fight under cruel disadvantages. I would encourage anyone to read The Screwtape Letters and to especially find another Christian, perhaps a pastor or laymen to discuss it. The immediate fear and suffering of the humans is a legitimate and pleasing refreshment for our myriads of toiling workers. Our study is going well.
Of course, Screwtape the character was not actually intending to predict the future. I am accordingly dictating the rest to my secretary. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. They are so perplexed that humans, a weak physical creation with a soul, could be rectified to their Creator through Christ. According to Screwtape, she is a difficult and nitpicky woman. He also points to the small personal flaws of those who attend services, telling Wormwood to distract his patient by drawing attention to his fellow churchgoers who ''sing out of tune, have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes.
Even today, we remember how there was a massive jump in numbers in church attendance following the September 11th attacks. Screwtape knows that once this man dies and is at oneness with the Lord, they loose all influence on their patient and he will understand all things in Christ. However as they continue reading, it becomes clear that the textual input actually deviates from their pre-existing expectations and causes schemas to be modified Semino, 2006, pg. Each handout will be divided into five sections see below. The implicit joke is that Lewis himself has close personal dealings with the business of Hell.