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"1984" prophetic? Check "The Screwtape Letters"

Discussion in 'Books & Publications Forum' started by just-want-peace, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. just-want-peace

    just-want-peace Well-Known Member
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    Feb 3, 2002
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    My wife called my attention to something she read on facebook that was a topic in C S Lewis "T.S.L."
    The gist was how Screwtape explained to his nephew the hellish benefits of scaring humans with the fear of a sickness. Sounds just like the dims approach to "THE" modern bug.
    Also, the very first letter describes the way to make sure a human is never allowed to be quiet and actually consider the teachings of Jesus, thereby never accepting salvation.
    Excerpt from the first letter: (underlined mine)
    At that time the humans still
    knew pretty well when a thing was proved and
    when it was not; and if it was proved they
    really believed it. They still connected thinking
    with doing and were prepared to alter their
    way of life as the result of a chain of reasoning.
    But what with the weekly press and other such
    weapons we have largely altered that. Your
    man has been accustomed, ever since he was a
    boy, to have a dozen incompatible philosophies
    dancing about together inside his head. He
    doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily “true”
    or “false”, but as “academic” or “practical”,
    “outworn” or “contemporary”, “conventional”
    or “ruthless”. Jargon, not argument, is your
    best ally in keeping him from the Church.
    Don’t waste time trying to make him think.