Two Equal and Opposite Errors about Devils

There is alot of interest in C.S. Lewis now (click here) because of the much anticipated release of the film adaptation of his children’s fantasy book: The Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe on December 9th. As we get closer to the date of the movie release I will be posting on the Christian themes present in the book and (hopefully) the movie. The future posts I have in mind include:

  • The Death of Aslan and the Christian Doctrine of Substitution
  • The Defeat of the Witch and the Destruction of Satan
  • The Restoration of Narnia and the Removal of the Curse
I also plan on teaching the above topics in the young people’s Sunday School class which I teach at West Broadway Baptist Church in Lenoir City. For now though we are going to focus on one of Lewis’ other popular fiction works. This one was written primarily for adults. It is called The Screwtape Letters. These “letters” are a collection written from Screwtape (an elder demon) to Wormwood (a young demon learning the art of temptation). In the letters Screwtape gives advice to Wormwood on how to best tempt his “patient.” Although written completely from Lewis’ mind, these letters give tremendous insight in the strategies used by the Devil in our lives today. In the weeks to come I will attempt to post a quote a week from The Screwtape Letters discussed during that week’s Sunday School lesson. Today I simply want to quote a short section from Lewis’ prefatory comments in which he warns of two possible errors humans can have about demons. He writes:

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased with both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, p. ix.


  1. I LOVE CS Lewis and am looking forward to your future posts,and am anxious for the movie…we will see how well it turns out.
    The screwtape letters, although a sometimes confusing book, is a wonderful one. I am finishing up the Chronicles of Narnia (for the umteenth time) and plan on re-reading the Screwtape letters again after that. Good POST!

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