John Cleese Screwtape Letters

John Cleese Screwtape Letters – In 2010, Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin shocked the mainstream media when she declared that her favorite author was C. S. Lewis. In classic cynicism, Joy Behar of “The View” asked,

Yes, Joy, he wrote children’s books, and much, much more. It can be argued that the most influential Christian writer of the 20th century was C. S. Lewis. Best known for his Chronicles of Narnia stories (the first three of which were made into Hollywood films, probably why Joy Behar has even heard of him), his writings cover an amazing spectrum.

John Cleese Screwtape Letters

John Cleese Screwtape Letters

A professor at Oxford from 1925 to 1954, he published a number of academic scholarly works, including one on English literature in the Sixteenth Century which won him election to the British Academy (a very high literary honour). But after his conversion to Christianity in the 1930s, he began to write a wide variety of works about his faith. Works on works of popular theology such as

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, appears on serious lists of great works as one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

. But as popular as these were, the one work that stands out as the most profound and often quoted of them all is the one with the strange title,

. Others have written fantasy and science fiction from a Christian perspective, but none have so brilliantly described the devil’s mind as C. S. Lewis.

Was thought in Lewis’s mind while he was sitting in church in July 1940. Probably noticing the hypocrisy around him at the time, he imagined an elderly demon, Screwtape, writing advice on practical deception and temptation to his nephew and protégé, Wormwood. Consisting of thirty-one short missives, Lewis captures the heart of Satan’s work to discourage and deceive the faithful in masterful form.

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We need to get used to hearing references to God as “The Enemy,” and Satan as “Our Father Below.” Lewis himself admitted that it was the most difficult book he ever wrote because he had to turn his mind back into a kind of reverse theology in order to be able to write it.

Anyone could have used the device of a series of demonletters for an apprentice, but only Lewis could have written them with such wit, wisdom, and literary flair. Each of the letters has at least one quotable quote:

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“It’s funny how mortals always picture us as putting things in their minds: in reality our best work is done keeping things out.”

John Cleese Screwtape Letters

“The search for a ‘suitable’ church makes the man critical where the Enemy wants him to be a student.”

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“Prosperity connects a man to the Earth. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ when he really is finding his place in it.”

And, of course, the most famous quote of all is the one that appears at the very beginning as he describes his work, “

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race may fall concerning devils. One is to believe in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”

Remains as popular now as it was when it came out in 1942. Continuously in print since Lewis published it, the novel has been adapted into plays that appeared on Broadway, made into comics, and recorded as an audio drama by John Cleese. . Fox owns the film rights and is said to be preparing to produce it.

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It is one of those rare Christian books that has entered the public consciousness. In October 2013, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was being interviewed by

And while discussing Heaven and Hell, Scalia pointed out that he believed in the devil. When he tried to defend his position, he could tell that the interviewer was concerned about his mental stability. Finally he said to her, “I read Screwtape is an old demon who writes to his grandson, Wormwood, who is an apprentice. Their “father below” is the Devil and the “enemy” is God. Screwtape writes these letters to train his nephew in the best way to corrupt the souls of their “patient”.

“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turns, without milestones, without signs, …Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”

John Cleese Screwtape Letters

“It’s funny how mortals always picture us as putting things in their minds: in reality our best work is done keeping things out.”

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“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, desire, and ambition look forward. Because the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”

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“Your patient has become humble; drew his attention to the fact? All the virtues are less formidable for us once man is aware that he has them, but this is especially true for humility.”

“Everything is gathered in the prayer that a young woman said she said recently: “Oh God, make me a normal girl of the twentieth century!” Thanks to our work, this will mean more and more: “Make me minx, tough, and a parasite.”

“Surely you know that if a man cannot be cured by going to church, the next best thing is to send him around the whole neighborhood looking for the church that “suits” him until he becomes a layman or a connoisseur of churches.”

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”He aggravated the most useful human characteristics, the horror and neglect of the obvious. You want to get him in a condition where he can practice self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself which are perfectly clear to anyone who has ever lived in the same house with him or worked in the same office.”

Here is a very enjoyable reading of the letters from John Cleese, one tube leads to another…

Generally just Being. Nothing in particular, no claims to fame. I love gardening and the sea, nature, art in all forms from poetry to movies and everything in between, and being in the company of my family.

John Cleese Screwtape Letters

“Time is a river that sweeps me, but I am the river; it is a tiger that destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.” ~ Jorge Luis Borges

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Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers “keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds,” which, as he argued, “can only be done by reading old books.” Continuing our series Rediscovering the Forgotten Classics we want to study some forgotten Christian classics that remain relevant and serve the church today.

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C. S. Lewis would be disturbed to see The Screwtape Letters in a series about the benefits of reading old books. He used to say that his book is not old enough. When he talked about old books, he meant it

Books—works of Plato, Athanasius, or Aquinas. But I find that the gap between his writing in 1940 and my re-reading today is long enough to qualify him as “tested against the great body of Christian thought through the ages” (

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, I thought it would be funny. How could a fictional series of letters from an elderly demon to a young trainee not be entertaining? (If you ever want to feel the full force of her humor, look for the audio version read by John Cleese.)

Your patient has become humble; drew his attention to the fact? All the virtues are less formidable for us once man is aware that he has them, but this is especially true for humility. Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and put into his mind the reflection of satisfaction, “By jove! I am being humble,” and almost immediately pride will appear—pride in his own humility.

Let him, if he has any bent like that, write a book about it; which is often an excellent way of sterilizing the seed that the Enemy plants in a human soul.

John Cleese Screwtape Letters

But I soon found the book far more probing than entertaining. Lewis shines a light on Christian reflection on sin and temptation in revealing and disturbing ways. He makes me laugh—but that only makes me let my guard down enough to feel conviction and repent. I look after myself more honestly and turn from sin more decisively after listening to this diabolical dialogue.

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This deep and impressive narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a high devil in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a young colleague engaged in his first mission in the world, trying to secure the -damnation of a young man. who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially appears to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is “lost” to the young devil.

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