The Screwtape Letters

Went and saw it last night with some folks from church. I’ve frankly never read C. S. Lewis’ works beyond “Narnia,” so I found this very interesting and thought provoking.

As it says on the website above

The book’s success as a piercing insight into humanity’s bent toward evil is due to Lewis’ lucid ability to make his readers squirm in self recognition.

It’s very true, and I highly recommend that you go see the show if you are at all interested in taking a peek into your soul.

5 Responses to “The Screwtape Letters”

  1. Dr Alice says:

    I’ve read the novella. Lewis really knew how to hit the nail on the head with regards to human nature. He also had a sense of humor and loved to tell the following story:

    Once while in the hospital he was talking to a student nurse who told him she’d read “Screwtape.” The students had been assigned a list of popular books and told they had to choose one to read so that they would have something to talk to their patients about.

    “And you chose ‘Screwtape’?” said Lewis, pleased.

    “Of course,” she answered, “it was the shortest.”

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    He really did hit those nails on the head, Doc.

    That’s a great story. Aside from reading the “Narnia” books my only contact with Lewis has been via his correspondence with Tolkien; some of the letters make fascinating reading.

  3. Kate P says:

    I read “Screwtape” a long time ago, high school, I think. It was epistolatory, wasn’t it? (“My dear Wormwood. . .”) How did they stage that?

    Peter Kreeft did a sort of sequel called “The Snakebite Letters” that was pretty good, too.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    Yes, Kate, that’s exactly it. It is in effect a one-man show where Screwtape is writing and reacting to letters from his “nephew” Wormwood who is up here on Earth.

  5. mojo says:

    Oh, you really ought to read the “Silent Planet” trilogy, especially “That Hideous Strength”…

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