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The Devil and Mr. Lewis

  • Oct 28, 2016
  • Bruce L. Edwards
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The September 8, 1947 cover of Time Magazine improbably depicts the demure C. S. Lewis accompanied by a fiercely impish devil poised on his left shoulder, a caricature of his infamous fictional protagonist, Screwtape, AKA, Senior Tempter of Hell.

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The Devils in Our World

  • Jul 16, 2016
  • David Naugle
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C. S. Lewis titled That Hideous Strength after a line in a poem by Sir David Lyndsay called “Ane Dialog” (1555) in which Lyndsay was describing the biblical Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9): “The shadow of that hideous strength, Six miles and more it is of length.”

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My Dear Snubnose…

  • Dec 09, 2015
  • Sarah Arthur
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My Dear Snubnose, I note with great displeasure that the human females are planning to start up their little group again. What can you have been doing during their “holidays”? For many long decades our Department for the Promotion of Frenetic Materialism has slaved away to ensure that the season …

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A Tale of Two Temptations

  • Sep 01, 2014
  • Winn Collier
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“Good could never come of such evil,” said the forlorn prisoner in Tale of Two Cities. Lewis, fond of Dickens, would have enjoyed a squabble with this character’s conclusion. While Lewis resisted any notion that God was the ultimate instigator of evil (some of his punchier lines are leveled at such …

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Screwtape Annotated

  • Sep 30, 2013
  • Zach Kincaid
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Have you ever wondered if the patient in The Screwtape Letters could actually see Bus #73 from the British Museum? Remember? It’s when Screwtape distracted him away from his curiosity toward the things of God. How about the name Wormwood? Is there a reason for it? Sole colbert. Do you …

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A Look at Richard Platt’s New Work, "As One Devil to Another"

  • Mar 05, 2012
  • Devin Brown
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“My dear Wormwood,” begins one of C. S. Lewis’s most unusual and most successful works: The Screwtape Letters.  On May 2, 1941, British readers opened The Guardian, a weekly Anglican religious newspaper, to find the first in a series of thirty-one strange letters that would arrive in weekly installments, claiming to have …

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Mighty Ones, Who Do His Bidding

  • Jun 18, 2011
  • Janice B. Brown
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Angels and devils are creatures of myth in the broadest sense, but they are also part of the true myth that is Christianity. Of devils, Lewis said that there are two equally serious errors: disbelief in them and an “excessive and unhealthy interest in them” (Preface to The Screwtape Letters). …

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C. S. Lewis & Three Wars: 1941

  • Jun 14, 2010
  • Joel Heck
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The Second World War had begun in 1939, and the world was turned upside down. As normally happens during a war, people began to think more frequently about ultimate issues, life and death, good and evil, suffering and eternity, and the nature of reality. C. S. Lewis was not immune …

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Heaven and Hell as Idea and Image in C. S. Lewis

  • May 07, 2010
  • Peter J. Schakel
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C. S. Lewis was deeply interested in heaven. In his nonfiction prose he frequently discussed the nature of heaven (and, less frequently, the nature of hell) and explained how to take part in it. In his works of fiction he created several striking descriptions of what heaven (and, in less …

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