Why We Prefer the Practical

Wednesday, 01 May 2013

The very pace of our modern democratic society... has made restlessness one of the dominant features of reality.
In the beginning of The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis describes the near conversion of a solid atheist. As the man is meditating on the ideas of a particular book, a train of thought is, according to the elder demon, "beginning to go the wrong way." Screwtape could have suggested counterarguments to his patient, but the trouble with that approach, he says, "is that it moves the whole struggle on to the Enemy's own ground." Instead, he uses what he calls "practical propaganda." This involves drawing his patient's attention ...

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