His Screwtape letters are among the most insightful and accurate description of
Satan's ever enticing ways to carefully lead a soul to his dark kingdom. I
imagine Screwtape has a special set of letters for us Mormons.
Gimp climber,Start with the Wentworth Letter, then the Letters from
Liberty Jail, and then there are a host of letters in LDS Church History that
I walked in those green parks along the River Thames. Old memories from the
1960s.One of my C.S.Lewis favorites (vaguely recall first reading it
when referenced by Nibley or, oddly, by Chomsky):"Reality, in
fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the
reasons I believe in Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed.
If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel
we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would
have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So
let us leave behind all these boys' philosophies--these over simple
answers. The problem is not simple and the answer is not going to be simple
A well deserved memorial.
Mere Christianity is one of my favorite books. It is like reading the scriptures
written in an alternative voice and explains so very well the philosophy of the
gospel. I hope C.S. Lewis, as a defender of the faith, has a special place in
My favorite reading alongside the scriptures! C.S. Lewis certainly has a unique
place in the annals of Christian history. As to your comment, Mr. "A
Scientist": we shall see in the end if Joseph Smith/LDS Church is on the
right side or not. You may be surprised more than I will be.
I am a big fan of CS Lewis. He's kind of like the Duck Dynasty guy, Phil,
though. If you're going to use either of them as a poster boy for religion
or conservatism, you have to ignore a lot of what they've said.
I am such a huge C.S. Lewis fan. Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters are my
two favorites, but all of his works are quite memorable. He hits it right on the
spot though, in Screwtape. Satan's deceptions are so well exposed and in
such a way that it actually was an entertaining read as well as so insightful.
I remember years ago (I won't say how many) I was asked to first read
Screwtape Letters at BYU, and I was shocked that here I was at a religious
institution being asked to read a book about Satan or written as though it was
written by him. I was quite naive then, and have since read that book many
times, given it to both of my children who have read it, and several friends,
and hosted a book club on the book. It makes for a GREAT book club discussion.