CSL Daily 11/21/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Screwtape Letters – XXX was released on Nov. 21, 1941 in The Guardian. It was the next to last one.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[A Warning to Wormwood]: “You will soon find that the justice of Hell is purely realistic, and concerned only with results. Bring us back food, or be food yourself.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXX
(First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941)

 

CSL Daily 11/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

The Screwtape Letters – XXIX: Cowardice was released on Nov. 14, 1941 in The Guardian.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Our research department has not yet discovered (though success is hourly expected) how to produce any virtue. This is a serious handicap. To be greatly and effectively wicked a man needs some virtue.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXIX
(First published in The Guardian on 11/14/1941)

CSL Daily 11/13/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Although previously released in 1991, All My Road Before Me came out in paperback in the US on Nov. 13, 1992.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is ‘finding his place in it,’ while really it is finding its place in him.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXVIII
(First published in The Guardian on 11/7/1941)

CSL Daily 11/04/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Weight of Glory” was published in the November, 1941 issue of Theology.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.”

The Weight of Glory
(Published in November, 1941 issue of Theology)

The Halloween Screwtape Letter!? (Re-Post)

The following is a revised piece from what I shared previously. It was on Oct. 31, 1941 that the 27th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. The following year it came out in the UK in the book The Screwtape Letters (1943 for the US).

While there is no material directly related to Halloween in this letter to Wormwood, Screwtape deals first with the “scary” subject of prayer that was also addressed in the 3rd, 4th and 8th letters. Here Wormwood is advised how to deal with the fact that his patient had made his present issues “the chief subjects of his prayers.”

In the third paragraph Screwtape begins to discuss how “intellectual difficulties” can be raised about petitionary prayers. He notes that if what the patient prayed for doesn’t happen then Wormword can lead him to think it “proves” prayer doesn’t work and if it does happen then how can he know if wouldn’t have occurred anyway if he didn’t pray!

In the final paragraph the topic of “The Historical Point of View” is addressed. This is different from what was mentioned in the 23rd letter about varying views on the “historical Jesus.” Screwtape describes here a brief definition of “The Historical Point of View” as meaning:

when a learned man is presented with any statement in an ancient author, the one question he never asks is whether it is true.

He goes on to comment:

To regard the ancient writer as a possible source of knowledge—to anticipate that what he said could possibly modify your thoughts or your behaviour—this would be rejected as unutterably simple-minded.

This idea is described as “chronological snobbery” in chapter 13 of Surprised by Joy (SBJ) and is a phrase Lewis credits Owen Barfield as helping him understand. In that chapter of SBJ, Lewis provides this definition to the expression:

the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.