The Screwtape Letters

by: C.S. Lewis

Letters 1-3

In the second and third letters, Lewis continues to challenge expectations by shifting the emphasis of Christian conversion away from large theological questions and spiritual grandiosity and placing it, instead, on everyday human interactions. The letters, it is worth noting, beginafter the Patient has undergone his conversion. In the world of The Screwtape Letters there is no question that God exists. The existence of Screwtape and Wormwoodfallen angelsalready confirms God’s existence. The reader, regardless of faith or a lack thereof, is, therefore, asked to identify with the position of a recent convert to Christianity. Skeptics willing to undertake this imaginative leap might find themselves one step close to actually believing. But Screwtape alerts the reader that conversion, or continued Christianity, does not mean an immediate escape from everyday, earthly affairs. With his step-by-step guide for Wormwood on how to ruin the Patient’s relationship with his mother, Screwtape teaches the reader about the common habits that cause everyday arguments and lead one, little by little, away from God.