Screwtape: ‘The state’s desire is dressed up as “concern”…’

Mar 19, 2020 by

from Archbishop Cranmer:

The second contribution to His Grace’s emergency team ministry during the coronavirus pestilence comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous for professional reasons:

Years ago, CS Lewis in his Screwtape Letters gave us insight into some of the correspondence from senior devil, Screwtape, to his nephew and apprentice devil, Wormwood. We are able to catch up some years down the line as Screwtape muses of the gains that have been won in the destruction of the Kingdom of God and the tasks still to be accomplished.

My dear Wormwood,

With the approach of No Fault Divorce we can look forward to a further nail in the coffin of marriage and take the opportunity of seeing how much has been won in our aim to abolish the family. How much I feared that the Church would rear up against our onslaught on this stronghold of the Enemy. In fact the Church has been our strongest ally, so concerned it has been to ‘include’ the minority that it has forgotten the necessity to strengthen the married majority. Now there is hardly a vicar who dare give reasons for the union between man and woman.

Feminism in all its forms has been another ally. The more we can get humans to phrase their discussions in terms of the patriarchy and the oppression of women, rather than society being a mutually agreed cooperation between the sexes, the more we sow the seeds of discord in the hearts and minds of even right-thinking women. The key, as always, is emotion and sentiment rather than thought. Reason, after all, is the weapon of the Enemy. Our whole campaign is based on words that sound good, like ‘fairness’, ‘equality’ and ‘compassion’ but which mean nothing unless accompanied by ‘honesty’, ‘justice’ and ‘integrity’. When the heart bleeds, the temptation is for the brain to stop working. We must pillory any sign of measured thought.

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