Notable and Quotable

Posted by Kendall Harmon

I am delighted to hear that your patient's age and profession make it possible, but by no means certain, that he will be called up for military service. We want him to be in the maximum uncertainty, so that his mind will be filled with contradictory pictures of the future, every one of which arouses hope or fear. There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.

--C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters, letter VI from Uncle Screwtape to his nephew the demon Wormwood, which we will be considering this Sunday in our adult education class (emphasis mine)

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Posted February 26, 2010 at 7:22 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Great idea, Kendall, using the Screwtape Letters for an adult class during Lent.  It remains one of my favorite C. S. Lewis books, a modern classic.  His insights into how temptation works are just brilliant, and so very practical.

David Handy+

February 26, 12:48 pm | [comment link]
2. Dilbertnomore wrote:

As it seems a principal role of government these days is to keep the populace worried about all the bad things that could happen while affirming what we do to make ourselves superficially happy (so long as our activities keep us unconcerned about what government is doing to us). It seems Screwtape may have a solid acolyte in in government.

February 26, 5:38 pm | [comment link]
3. sophy0075 wrote:

This book - in fact, all of Mr Lewis’s books and writings, are not only entertaining, but also informative, educational, replete with the trustworthy word and sound doctrine. In short, in keeping with Titus 1:9.

Kendall, may I suggest you also post excerpts from some of the Christian writings of Miss Dorothy Sayers? I suggest Creed or Chaos?

February 26, 6:09 pm | [comment link]
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