"Among the educated elite today, talking publicly about one's belief in the devil and his influence on the culture and the world would be social suicide"

C.S. Lewis and the Devil - Admirers of ‘The Screwtape Letters’ range from Monty Python’s John Cleese to Focus on the Family.

When asked about “his belief in the Devil,” Lewis addressed the question in a thought-provoking way in his preface to a revised edition of “Screwtape” in 1960: “Now, if by ‘the Devil’ you mean a power opposite to God and, like God, self existent from all eternity, the answer is certainly No.”

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If you haven't caught Max McLean's touring stage production of The Screwtape Letters, you should try to catch it when it comes near your area.


It is a superb bit of theater that stands on its own as theater. I more or less expected a dramatic reading (what else can you do on stage with letters?), but it was much more than that. Among those attending with us were unbelievers, and they were ready for a lengthy post-show conversation about the Lord.