The Screwtape Letters Analysis

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C.S. Lewis, perhaps the most famous British Christian apologists, academic writers, theologians, lecturers, and novelist to ever live, wrote an incredible Christian apologetic novel, published in February of 1942, entitled The Screwtape Letters. Although published many decades ago, this famous work remains incredibly relevant to the issues that abound in today’s modern society. Despite the controversial title, The Screwtape Letters draws an intriguing depiction of the spiritual war in which we encounter everyday. Over the course of this literary piece, one receives an unique insight concerning the devils’ favorite tactics to deploy against their human “patients.” As one reads deeply into the thirty-one letter correspondence between the retired…show more content…
Screwtape points out the fact that unity in the church poses an exceptionally dangerous threat to their kingdom, therefore, takes on the title of the most important to attack. “In the first place the parochial organization should always be attacked, because, being a unity of place and not of likings, it brings people of different classes and psychology together in the kind of unity the Enemy desires” (94). Just a few sentences below, Screwtape mentions that, “In the second place, the search for a ‘suitable’ church makes the man a critic where the Enemy wants him to be a pupil” (94). One may read these quotes and assume a vast difference between these two concepts, when in fact, they relate closely. The first discusses the fact that when a group of people come together with one common goal, they pose an extremely dangerous threat to the devils because they have forsaken their differences in order to achieve unity; while the second have portrayed themselves in an extremely favorable way to the devils by coming together and no longer enforcing their minds to focus in on one common goal. When this happens, we fall away from a powerful, dangerous group of people and enter the devil’s coveted second category of distractions and criticism. Our minds no longer proclaim, “Thank you Jesus!”, but now question, “Dear Jesus what has she done with her hair?” We currently live in a self-proclaimed “ADHD” society where our mindsets consist of the inability to stay focused for more than eighty seconds. With this in mind, how does one suppose to focus on an hour long sermon? The devils absolutely adore that they have won over our mindsets through these perceivably easy tactics! They possess the awareness that our minds contain extremely powerful thoughts and influence the way that we live our lives; once they

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