Screwtape Letters

Screwtape Takes the Stage

  • Dec 30, 2011
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Thanks to David Thereoux from the C.S. Lewis Society of California for this informational point: The sensational, stage production of The Screwtape Letters, starring Max McLean, will be touring the country on 2012. This bestselling Christian masterpiece of religious satire by C.S. Lewis entertains and uplifts people with its hilarious, …

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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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How C. S. Lewis “Prefutes” Stephen Hawking

  • Sep 23, 2010
  • David C. Downing
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Last summer Sarah Palin accidentally coined the word refudiate, apparently an amalgam of “refute” and “repudiate.” I would like to propose a kindred word, prefute, which means to neutralize someone’s arguments before they have even been proposed. In a recent issue of the Wall Street Journal (Sept. 10, 2010), physicists …

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The Screwtape Letters On Stage: Review of the Show

  • Jul 14, 2010
  • James Como
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From the opening moment – as His Abysmal Sublimity, Screwtape, proposes a toast at the Annual Dinner of the Tempters’ Training College for young devils – our fears are set aside and we realize how nice it is to see this particular devil back in full raging form, and that …

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Why Read Old Books: History and Its Relevance

  • Jul 02, 2010
  • Dan Hamilton
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An Introduction is a signpost – pointing not to itself but to the pages that follow. While “On the Reading of Old Books” is usually reprinted (and presented) as a stand-alone essay by Lewis, it is actually the introduction to a book written by someone else: “The Incarnation of the …

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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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A Way Into Till We Have Faces

  • May 12, 2010
  • Bruce L. Edwards
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Till We Have Faces is heavily motivated by Lewis’s longtime interest in the cupid/psyche myth, but now influenced by and filtered through his courtship and marriage to Joy Davidman and mature Christian faith, and interwoven with several complementary writing projects of the roughly same period (Surprised by Joy; The Four …

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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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C. S. Lewis: A Mentor To Ponder

  • Mar 08, 2010
  • N.T. Wright
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Author of the new book, After You Believe My mother once asked me, in my teens, which historical figure I would like to have met. Unhesitatingly I said, ‘C. S. Lewis’. He didn’t count as ‘historical’, I was told; only recently dead, he was in any case younger than my …

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Illustrated Screwtape

  • Dec 12, 2009
  • Will Vaus
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When asked to write this review of The Illustrated Screwtape Letters I jumped at the chance. What was there to hesitate over? I love Lewis. I love books. This was a chance to get a free Lewis book. So I immediately said “Yes!” Now, where to start in such a …

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