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states of us world are equally "under judgment". We, of course, see the connecting link, which is Hatred. The man
cannot bring himself to teach anything which is not calculated to mock, grieve, puzzle, or humiliate his parents and
their friends. A sermon which such people would accept would be to him as insipid as a poem which they could scan.
There is also a promising streak of dishonesty in him; we are teaching him to say "The teaching of the Church is" when
he really means "I'm almost sure I read recently in Maritain or someone of that sort". But I must warn you that he has
one fatal defect: he really believes. And this may yet mar all.
But there is one good point which both these churches have in common—they are both party churches. I think I warned
you before that if your patient can't be kept out of the Church, he ought at least to be violently attached to some party
within it. I don't mean on really doctrinal issues; about those, the more lukewarm he is the better. And it isn't the
doctrines on which we chiefly depend for producing malice. The real fun is working up hatred between those who say
"mass" and those who say "holy communion" when neither party could possibly state the difference between, say,
Hooker's doctrine and Thomas Aquinas', in any form which would hold water for five minutes. And all the purely
indifferent things—candles and clothes and what not—are an admirable ground for our activities. We have quite
removed from men's minds what that pestilent fellow Paul used to teach about food and other unessentials—namely,
that the human without scruples should always give in to the human with scruples. You would think they could not fail
to see the application. You would expect to find the "low" churchman genuflecting and crossing himself lest the weak
conscience of his "high" brother should be moved to irreverence, and the "high" one refraining from these exercises lest
he should betray his "low" brother into idolatry. And so it would have been but for our ceaseless labour. Without that
the variety of usage within the Church of England might have become a positive hotbed of charity and humility,
Your affectionate uncle
http://members.fortunecity.com/phantom1/books2/c._s._lewis_-_the_screwtape_letters.htm 2/07/2008 THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Page 18 of 34 MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
The contemptuous way in which you spoke of gluttony as a means of catching souls, in your last letter, only shows your
ignorance. One of the great, achievements of the last hundred years has been to deaden the human conscience on that
subject, so that by now you will hardly find a sermon preached or a conscience troubled about it in the whole length and
breadth of Europe. This has largely been effected by concentrating all our efforts on gluttony of Delicacy, not gluttony
of Excess. Your patient's mother, as I learn from the dossier and you might have learned from Glubose, is a good
example. She w...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2014 for the course MIS 304 taught by Professor Mejias during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.
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