Screwtape shows effective psychology in encouraging the patient to displace intellect and will in prayer with imagination and emotion, and he shows subtlety in encouraging gluttony of delicacy, pride in humility, and superiority in being part of an elite Christian social circle. Screwtape uses psychology to manipulate the patient into replacing the intellect and will in prayer with imagination and emotion. To remind the patient of his childhood prayers is the fist step; it causes him to repel from this way of prayer, and on his own attempt to create a prayerful mood that is spontaneous and inward, and that is void of will and intelligence. Another way is to keep the patients prayers solely focused on himself instead of God, so that when he asks for favors or graces he will develop imaginary emotions to satisfy these requests; replacing intellect and will with imagination and emotion. Furthermore, Screwtape shows how twisting the patient’s object of prayer so that he is praying to it, a crucifix or an icon, instead of God, inconspicuously deletes will and intellect in prayer.
Screwtape advises Wormwood not to engage his patient in reasoning, but to deaden his mind with jargon and distractions. Thought about things beyond human experience is to be discouraged by any means necessary. Screwtape notes that Wormwood’s patient has become a professing Christian, but tells his nephew not to give up hope. Many have been turned away, he notes, by focusing on the flaws and peculiarities of Christians rather than on Christ himself. As long as the patient somehow thinks of himself as a good person, he can easily be persuaded that those he sees in church are hypocrites because of their imperfections.
All his decisions are made upon his religion no matter what it may be. Also those who looked different were judged upon religion and not by whom they really were in the inside, but instead a Deviation. Through these examples it clearly shows that religion often influences one’s point of view. John Wyndams purpose for writing The Chrysalids is to teach his readers valuable lessons, which inclue that, his readers learn about discrimination in a deeper way, about how change is always an option, and how religion often affects one’s thinking. He makes it evident to his readers that judging people by their first impression is wrong.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a book of thirty –one letters in which a retired, senior demon named Screwtape coaches his newly educated nephew, Wormwood. Wormwood is quite troubled when it comes to tempting his “patient.” Nevertheless, he need not fear because faithful uncle Screwtape has offered his services. A unique character featured in the letters is, “The Enemy.” This character refers to God, the natural enemy of Satan. Of course Satan is referred to as “Our Lord.” In the letters, and Wormwood and Screwtape try their very best to please Satan and bring him glory.
Screwtape mentors his nephew in the art of being a good tempter, and Wormwood tries to coax his patient into gluttony, envy, lust, the wrong side of humor, flippancy, selfishness, and more. The demon tried to do this within the patient’s mind without him noticing-which helped me to see how so many people take the wrong path unwittingly. One of my favorite parts of the book was in the eighth letter, when Screwtape explained the “law of Undulation”. He stated that the lives of humans undulate, with high points and low points. The highest points are when they are happiest, and the low ones are the opposite.
Silencing the enemy is a very fitting title for this book. It is fitting because the author, Robert Gay, explains how God suppresses the devices of the adversary through the praise and worship of His people. Although the term “spiritual warfare” is not found in scripture, Paul expounds on the concept throughout the New Testament. He encourages the saints to “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. This scripture informs us that we are in a battle, a battle that has been raging since the beginning of time.
He is inclined to believe in Christianity, at least until it is proven false, yet is greatly distressed by Ambrose 's practice of celibacy. Augustine is not yet willing to fully give up his sexual desire for the sake of Christ. He is engaged in several liaisons, and also engaged to be married. Augustine 's hesitation in regard to the evil of sexual desire, along with his general search for truth, leads him to question the nature of good and evil in the world. Augustine seeks answers among Neoplatonist
There is a continuous struggle for good and evil to reign inside a man who would have such struggle for his entire life. Lewis (2009) explained in the book Screwtape Letters the senior demon Screwtape exchanged letters with his nephew, Wormwood. The younger demon should follow orders of his uncle because he is less experienced on how to tempt the patient or man to believe more on Satan than the enemy God. The four main strategies the demons use against the patient are (1) Encouraging the patient to have extreme wants. According to Screwtape, “All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy, are to be encouraged” (Letter VII).
Early in the novel, Dimmesdale exclaims, goes on how “What can thy silence do for him, except to tempt him---yea, compel him, as it were---to add hypocrisy to sin?” in regardsing to his own sin (63). He knows what will happen to him if he endures his sin in private, but he is too weak at this point in the book to admit it. Dimmesdale knows how the parishioners will interpret these confessions: he is not blind to their looks of adoration. Dimmesdale enjoys being viewed as a saint, even though he knows he is a truly a sinner. The years of torture the minister receives are brought about by his own doing.
The real objects of their resentment, however, are the moral and religious lessons that are forced upon them via books as punishment for being naughty children. To chastise them for going out on the moors, "The curate might set as many chapters as he pleased for Catherine to get by heart, and Joseph might thrash Heathcliff till his arm ached. . ." [VI, 50] Reading and memorizing Scripture passages is placed by Joseph on the same level with a beating: an attempt to tame a wild soul.