Demon Talk

The Bible isn’t the only place to read about Christian morals. Sure, the holy book has parting seas and Jesus, but author C.S. Lewis brought Christian philosophy to a whole fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, which includes the popular childhood staple The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But his more critically acclaimed novel, The Screwtape Letters, does what the Bible could not — tells the story from a demon’s viewpoint. The plot goes as such: Inside an office in Hell, His Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape, Satan’s top psychiatrist, works with his creature-demon secretary, Toadpipe. Together they advise Screwtape’s nephew, Wormwood, on how to secure the damnation of a Brit, known only as the Patient. This world is morally backward — greed and selfishness are good — so none of the demons can even recognize virtue when they witness it. The novel, written in epistolary style, has been adapted for the stage and is on a tour presented by the New York City-based Fellowship for the Performing Arts.
Sat., Nov. 12, 4 p.m., 2011

 
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