In ‘The Screwtape Letters’ C. S. Lewis brilliantly conveys important truths about Christian life and experience by imagining what advice a senior ‘devil’ might offer to a junior one.
A while ago, Andy Naselli
posted a one-sentence summary of each of these letters (note that the ‘patient’ becomes a Christian between letters 1 and 2:-
Make him preoccupied with ordinary, “real” life—not arguments or science.
Make him disillusioned with the church by highlighting people he self-righteously thinks are strange or hypocritical.
My list of favourite Christian authors would look something like this (in roughly chronological order, not order of merit):-
John Calvin – commentaries, Institutes
Thomas Watson – Body of Divinity, Beatitudes, Lord’s Prayer, Ten Commmandments
William Gurnall – Christian in Complete Armour
Matthew Henry – Commentary
C.H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David, Lectures to my Students, An All-Round Ministry, Commenting and Commentaries (plus, of course, his many printed sermons)
J.C. Ryle – Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Holiness, Knots Untied, Old Paths, Practical Religion, Christian Leaders of the 18th Century J.
I’m sure that many of us will have read the famous ‘Narnia Chronicles’ of C.S. Lewis either when we were children, or, as I did, to our own children.
I can remember being intrigued by the fantastic world that Lewis dreamed up in those tales. I found it difficult to understand that even a mind as fertile as Lewis’ could have created such a world without some kind of underlying framework.
The stories work, of course, simply as stories. …