In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis masterfully “teaches in reverse” by wryly using demonic points of view to enforce a biblical one. He calls it “diabolical ventriloquism.” Here is a one-sentence summary of each of Screwtape’s thirty-one letters that advise Wormwood how to tempt his “patient” (who becomes a Christian between letters one and two):
- 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.
- Annoy him with “daily pinpricks” from his mother. [Read more…] about Diabolical Ventriloquism: A 1-Sentence Summary of Each of Screwtape’s Letters