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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Devil and C.S. Lewis

from Casey Cep, The New Yorker:
Last week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia brought the Devil out of the darkness and into the limelight. In an expansive interview with New York magazine, after talking about Heaven and Hell, he said, "I even believe in the Devil."

"You do?" said the interviewer, Jennifer Senior.

"Yeah, he's a real person," Scalia explained, but "it is curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He's making pigs run off cliffs, he's possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn't happen very much anymore."

Near the end of his excursus on evil, Scalia said, "You’re looking at me as though I'm weird." He continued, "Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil." When all other explanations seemed to fail, he asked the interviewer, "Have you read The Screwtape Letters?"

...C. S. Lewis has been dead for nearly fifty years, but talk about Christianity long enough and you'll likely hear his name. Evangelicals, Protestants, and Catholics all lay claim to him. Children read his "Chronicles of Narnia" series and grow into reading his more formal works of memoir and theology: "Mere Christianity," "The Problem of Pain," "Miracles," "Surprised by Joy," and "The Four Loves."

"The Screwtape Letters," though, remains one of his most popular works. Continuously in print since Lewis published it in 1942...
The entire article can be read here.

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