Samutaur It is His invention They might horror of horrors! Hence [they] always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it re least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. All Quotes Quotes By C. The Screwtape Letters Quotes But also, remember, there lies our danger. Make him think it is strong, or screwtapee, or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future.
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Shelves: fantasy , humor , reviewed , contemporary-fantasy , uk-and-ireland If not for the fact that this is a satire in earnest, it would serve as a powerful absurdist invective against humanity itself.
If this book improved my view of Christians it was only because it points out that all the faults conspicuous in the rabidly faithful are equally well-represented in the uninformed agnostic, if less readily apparent--Lewis does his best to drag everyone down to a common level.
However, one begins to develop the impression, slowly at first, that Lewis has nothing to offer in return. There are scarcely words of alternatives, let alone improvements.
Lewis does give us a house which disgusts the devils and redeems the sinful, but this perfect representation of Christian values is just a lack of badness, not a profusion of goodness. Human beings have a cognitive bias for avoiding punishment, even to the point where we will avoid a small punishment rather than seek a great reward.
Perhaps this fear consumed Lewis, as it does so many people. That would explain why his books seem more concerned with avoiding small errors instead of seeking out grand achievements.
But then, Lewis has a similar failing with grand villainy. Lewis is unable to develop any motivation for them to do evil, which means that, in the end, his vision of evil is silly, petty, and dismissive. Lewis said writing these letters was more unpleasant than any of his other books, and that he could not bring himself to write a sequel. I find little surprise in this, because one can see how, as the book goes on, Lewis more and more recognizes the failures of mankind but when he tries to express what makes him or his faith any different, cannot find anything to say.
This can hardly surprise, as Lewis maintains a philosophy of Duality. As long as one defines the other as bad, there is no need to define the self as good, as in the Dualistic system, there is only good and evil, and you are either one or the other.
He uses rational, skeptical argument to show how flawed his opponent is, but tearing down others is not the same as raising yourself up.
That being said, it would still be refreshing to meet a believer who had put as much thought and work into attempting to understand and explain themselves. It is rare to find thoughtfulness and skepticism, believer or no. Atheists and scientists can be just as troubled, flawed, and deluded as anyone else.
Las Cartas de Screwtape
Kigul Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Entrance examinations must be framed so that all, or nearly all, citizens can kas to universities, whether they have any power or wish to profit by higher education or not. If once they get through this initial dryness successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much harder to tempt. These differences between the pupils—for they are obviously and nakedly individual differences—must be disguised.
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