Screwtape's Philosophy

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I felt philosophical. I am not sure if that is a legitimate feeling or not but that is how I felt. I kept looking at my life and saying,“Was this because of the demon tempting me?” or “Is this what the demons want me to think?” I especially thought about this when I discovered some unknown strategies of tempting. For example Screwtape explains,”Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” (Lewis, pg. 61) Normally one would think that demons try to make murderers and the like but they don’t. They just want to lead people down the comfortable road to destruction. It was interesting…show more content…
According to them they don’t value us much at all. For example, Screwtape explains,”Remember always, that He really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctness of every one of them.” (Lewis, pg. 65) Well they dislike us a lot and really don 't care about humans. Apparently, demons also don’t believe a thing such as love, in the way that God thinks of it at least. Screwtape says,”The reason one comes to talk as if He really had this impossible Love is our utter failure to find out that real motive. What does He stand to make out of them? That is the insoluble question.” (Lewis, pg. 100) That was interesting to note how Satan is the opposite of God in every belief that he has. And the certainty in which Screwtape proclaims things is utterly astounding. He is so thoroughly convinced that he is right. Satan must be extremely convincing to seed these beliefs as facts. He even came up with his own “evidence.” Screwtape explains,”Since then, we have begun to see why our Oppressor was so secretive. His throne depends on the secret. Members of His faction have frequently admitted that if we ever we came to understand what He means by love, the war would be over and we should re-enter heaven. And there lies the great task.” (Lewis, pg. 101) Screwtape misinterpreted scriptural evidence and used to support something else. There is a lot of intriguing things to think about in this book to think
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