Friday, November 12, 2010

A Connoisseur of Churches

Currently I am reading The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis to my children. It is entertaining, to be sure, but it also opens up countless windows of opportunity to talk about doctrinal and ethical and biblical truths. Sometimes I criticize the perspective Lewis communicates. Nevertheless, the book is full of sparkling observations of truth. I can't help but share one we read last night. Screwtape writes to his under-demon Wormwood:

You mentioned casually in your last letter that the patient has continued to attend one church, and one only, since he was converted, and that he is not wholly pleased with it. May I ask what you are about? Why have I no report on the causes of his fidelity to the parish church? Do you realise that unless it is due to indifference it is a very bad thing? Surely you know that if a man can't be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighborhood looking for a church that 'suits' him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.

Ah, the wisdom of demons.

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