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The Screwtape Letters Week 7 of 7 – Book Club

July 23, 2013 by  
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Screwtape Letters Week 7 of 7 Men at Work For ‘democracy’ or the ‘democratic spirit’ (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, morally flaccid from lack of discipline in youth, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and soft from lifelong pampering. And that is what Hell wishes every democratic people to be. For when such... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 6 of 7 – Book Club

July 16, 2013 by  
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Screwtape Letters Week 6 of 7 The Majesty of Tragedy… But when he saw them he knew that he had always known them and realized what part each of them had played at many an hour in his life when he had supposed himself alone, so that now he could say to them one by one, not ‘Who are you?’ but ‘So it was you all the time.’ All that they were and said at this meeting woke memories. The dim... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 5 of 7 – Book Club

July 9, 2013 by  
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Screwtape Letters Week 5 of 7 Time’s a Tickin’! Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury. And the sense of injury depends on the feeling that a legitimate claim has been denied. The more claims on life, therefore, that your patient can be induced to make, the more often he will feel injured and, as a result, ill-tempered. Now you will have noticed that... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 4 of 7 – Book Club

July 2, 2013 by  
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The Problem with the Future The Screwtape Letters Week 4 of 7   He does not want men to give the Future their hearts, to place their treasure in it. We do. His ideal is a man who, having worked all day for the good of posterity (if that is his vocation), washes his mind of the whole subject, commits the issue to Heaven, and returns at once to the patience or gratitude demanded by the moment... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 3 of 7 – Book Club

June 25, 2013 by  
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The Screwtape Letters Week 3 of 7 As long as he retains externally the habits of a Christian he can still be made to think of himself as one who has adopted a few new friends and amusements but whose spiritual state is much the same as it was six weeks ago. And while he thinks that we do not have to contend with the explicit repentance of a definite, fully recognized, sin, but only with his vague,... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 2 of 7 – Book Club

June 18, 2013 by  
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Screwtape Letters Week 2 of 7 Work hard, then, on the disappointment or anticlimax which is certainly coming to the patient during his first few weeks as a churchman.  The Enemy allows this disappointment to occur on the threshold of every human endeavor.  It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories of the Odyssey buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when... Read More

The Screwtape Letters Week 1 of 7 – Book Club

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Screwtape Letters week 1 of 7 by C.S. Lewis Summer is here! The kids are out of school and family fun begins – it’s time for yardwork, reunions, family vacations and maybe even a few lazy days near the pool.   Given the craze of summer schedules, some of us might have less time and focused mental capacity for the likes of Dante or Scupoli; but that doesn’t mean we need to resort to... Read More

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