Saturday, October 10, 2009

Don't Answer Uncle Screwtape's Emails

Lately, when contemplating our country's many challenges. I find myself being reminded of books I read as a child one "The Screwtape Letters" this one is timeless. Uncle Screwtape has upgraded his correspondence. Who can blame him new media is so much more efficient. The Screwtape Emails.

Wikipedia The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetics novel written in epistolary style by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior tempter named Wormwood, so as to advise him on methods of securing the damnation of a British man, known only as "the Patient."

Screwtape (along with his trusted scribe Toadpipe) holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy ("Lowerarchy") of Hell, and acts more as a mentor than a supervisor to Wormwood, the inexperienced tempter; almost every letter ends with the signature, "Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape." In the body of the thirty-one letters which make up the book, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and promoting sin in his Patient, interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine.

In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from the demon/devil's viewpoint. Wormwood and Screwtape live in a peculiarly morally reversed world, where individual benefit and greed are seen as the greatest good, and neither demon is capable of comprehending or acknowledging true human virtue when he sees it.

I still have my copy of The Screwtape Letters. Google Books has it online HERE. The Patient indeed, that's a timely label, given the current health insurance reform debate.

The other book is Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. George Orwell had stated Gulliver’s Travels was one of six indispensable books of world literature.

One of the themes of Gulliver's Travels, whether men are inherently corrupt or whether they become corrupted.

Lilliputians fought a major war over which end of the egg to crack open first–the large or small end....One of the satirical conflicts in the book is between two religious sects of Lilliputians, some of whom who prefer cracking open their soft-boiled eggs from the little end, while others prefer the big end. Houyhnhnms and Yahoos. Yahoo - email.

Makes you wonder,wonder,wonder

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