Screwtape Letters

Supreme Court

Can the Constitution Mandate Pregnancy and Vaccines?

The consensus is that the six conservative justices on the Supreme Court will overturn or roll back Roe v. Wade (1973) in a June decision on Dobbs v. Jackson, the case being considered now. For the pro-life movement, this outcome would represent the fulfillment of a long struggle. Or at a minimum, depending on the [...]

Two Paths to Hell

Dear Swillpit, The sure way to Hell is by a series of incremental adjustments so small, and seemingly innocuous, that earthlings never notice they are woefully off course until they find themselves aboard Charon’s skiff heading for the opposite shore. A believer who turns against our Adversary in a moment of anger or doubt is [...]

Is the Pope Obsessed with the Devil?

Bethany Blankley writes in the Christian Post Opinion website that "The mainstream media is at it again": “‘The Pope And The Devil: Is Francis an Exorcist?’ an Associated Press (AP) headline reads. The AP reporter writes that ‘Francis’ obsession with Satan’ is because he has mentioned the devil ‘on a handful of occasions’ within a [...]

When Drab Is a Favorite Color

In his autobiographical account of his youth and his conversion to the faith, Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis relates the almost inexplicable mingling of joy and sorrow he felt when he first read of the Norse myth of Balder, the handsome and large-hearted god who was slain by a trick practiced upon him by [...]

Patheos Theologians on “Whether Demons Exist”

A tip-of-the-hat to The Anchoress, who linked to this piece in which various experts with Divinity-School letters appended to their names convey their opinions about whether demons exist. The expert consensus is that they don't. (No reasons for thinking this are given, naturally, because reason is irrelevant to expert consensus.) In reading some of these [...]

The Death of Morality

In this Crisis Magazine classic, Benjamin Wiker says that the single greatest moral crisis we've ever faced is upon us now.     It is difficult to gain attention in an era that uses superlatives to describe dishwashing liquid and mayonnaise. Perhaps speaking simply and directly might prove such an oddity that words may again [...]

The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World

"The lunatic is on the grass."   It was an hour before midnight. Ten-year-old James was in his bedroom, alone, when he was suddenly gripped by terror. A Pink Floyd song rang out through the empty room. The radio turned on by itself.   "The lunatic is on the grass. The lunatic is in the [...]

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