Unformatted text preview: of "real life" (by which he meant the bus and the newsboy) was enough to show
him that all "that sort of thing" just couldn't be true. He knew he'd had a narrow escape and in later years was fond of
talking about "that inarticulate sense for actuality which is our ultimate safeguard against the aberrations of mere logic". http://members.fortunecity.com/phantom1/books2/c._s._lewis_-_the_screwtape_letters.htm 2/07/2008 THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Page 3 of 34 He is now safe in Our Father's house.
You begin to see the point? Thanks to processes which we set at work in them centuries ago, they find it all but
impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes. Keep pressing home on him the
ordinariness of things. Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against
Christianity. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can't touch and see. There have been sad
cases among the modern physicists. If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don't let him
get away from that invaluable "real life". But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general
idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is "the results of
modem investigation". Do remember you are there to fuddle him. From the way some of you young fiends talk, anyone
would suppose it was our job to teach!
Your affectionate uncle
MY DEAR WORMWOOD,
I note with grave displeasure that your patient has become a Christian. Do not indulge the hope that you will escape the
usual penalties; indeed, in your better moments, I trust you would hardly even wish to do so. In the meantime we must
make the best of the situation. There is no need to despair; hundreds of these adult converts have been reclaimed after a
I brief sojourn in the Enemy's camp and are now with us. All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still
in our favour.
One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do riot mean the Church as we see her
spread but through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a
spectacle which makes I our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans. All your
patient sees is the half-finished, sham Gothic erection on the new building estate. When he goes inside, he sees the local
grocer with rather in oily expression on his face bustling up to offer him one shiny little book containing a liturgy which
neither of them understands, and one shabby little book containing corrupt texts of a number of religious lyrics, mostly
bad, and in very small print. When he gets to his pew and looks round him he sees just that selection of his neighbours
whom he has hitherto avoided. You want to lean pretty heavily on those neighbours. Make his mind flit to a...
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