C.S. Lewis admits that he wrote The Screwtape Letters with great difficulty – and that the exercise exhausted him. It is not, indeed, by any means easy to play the role of the devil’s advocate, and to borrow the voice of an “old devil,” speaking in the first person.
Many people have abandoned the Christian faith, especially during the modern ages, because they have been deceived by the spirit of the time, which regards the Christian faith as false and irrelevant, starting from the premise that atheists’ arguments are convincing and irrefutable. The Screwtape Letters brings to light the truth that modern intellectual and moral methods that undermine the Christian faith are in fact meaningless and dishonest – and that they are based on ignorance.
After reading The Screwtape Letters it is hard to be impressed by this fancy academic and intellectual skepticism, dismantled by Lewis with great skill and irony. And the obstacles to accepting Christianity that once appeared insurmountable, now seem exactly as what they are: the lies and sophisms of evil and petty spirits that cast a big and deceitful shadow.
- Author: Clive Staples Lewis (1898 – 1963)
- Original title: The Screwtape Letters
- Original language: English
- Genre: Philosophical, theological novel
- Publication period: 1942
- Public: Adults, teenagers
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