In The Screwtape Letters, Wormwood, a demon apprentice, has been given his first earthly assignment—secure the damnation of a young man who’s just become a Christian. He seeks the advice of an experienced devil—his uncle Screwtape. Their correspondence discloses the psychology of temptation from the other side. C.S. Lewis offers invaluable insights on temptation, pride, the power of prayer, and the ultimate victory of faith over the forces evil.
C. S. Lewis
Occupation: Novelist, Scholar, Broadcaster
The Screwtape Letters
Recent edition cover
Author C. S. Lewis
Publication Date 1942
Uncle demon (Screwtape) writing letters to his nephew (Wormwood) about the naive humans on the earth. Screwtape talks to Wormwood about how to tempt, and how to keep them from truly believing in God.
Clive Staples Lewis
Venerated in Episcopal Church USA
Feast 22 November
In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from devils’ viewpoints. Screwtape holds an administrative post in the bureaucracy (“Lowerarchy”) of Hell, and acts as a mentor to Wormwood, the inexperienced tempter. In the body of the thirty-one letters which make up the book, Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and promoting sin in the Patient, interspersed with observations on human nature and Christian doctrine…..
The Screwtape Letters on Stage
C.S. Lewis’ brilliant novel, The Screwtape Letters, reveals spiritual warfare from a demon’s point of view. This funny, provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation starring award-winning actor Max McLean as Screwtape – critically acclaimed in New York; standing room only at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D. C. last season; and called “the most successful show in the history of the Mercury Theatre” by the Chicago Tribune – will change the way you think about the influence of demons in your everyday life. .
Max McLean & Karen Eleanor Wight
Max McLean as the title character, senior devil Screwtape, who dictates to his secretary how apprentice demon Wormwood must undermine faith and prevent the formation of virtues, in a recent convert to Christianity.