In response to C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters
12 January 2007
A Dimension of Reality, Or Imagination?
All wonderful writers have the ability to take some thing mysterious and abstract and turn it into something understandable to readers. This capacity is not prevalent to all writers and is manifested in distinctive, exceptional designs of writing. Normally, these authors do not create with the intention of bringing readers to some spectacular epiphany, but to get across a point or purpose they really feel incredibly strongly about. This is the circumstance in the case of C.S. Lewis, author of a lot of acclaimed functions of Christian literature. In all his operates, Lewis writes with distinct goal and has a message in each and every one of his books. Lewis does not care about irrespective of whether individuals like his works, only that they have an understanding of his objective he says he did not take pleasure in writing the Screwtape Letters, and was actually annoyed with the book’s reputation (Walsh 33). Lewis’ purpose in the Screwtape Letters is to assistance clarify what he believes to be the real and practical globe of spiritual warfare. Lewis does this from an interesting perspective–that of Hell. Lewis desires readers to awaken to the realization that there is a war going on more than their souls by reading the letters of Screwtape, a hellish demon, to his nephew, Wormwood, who is a human tempter.
To fully grasp even the fundamental premise of The Screwtape Letters, the reader need to know specifically what spiritual warfare is. Spiritual warfare is a biblical idea: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark globe and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” and “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not powerful sufficient, and they lost their location in heaven” (New International Version, Ephesians six:12 Revelation 12:7-9). This war is waged on followers of the Christian God and exists not in the material world, but in the spiritual. The big weapon of Satan’s spiritual war is that of temptation. Satan has explanation to be encouraged in the battle since the Bible says that no 1 escapes temptation: “No temptation has seized you except what is frequent to man. And God…