The Screwtape Letters Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does Screwtape recommend that Wormwood prevent humans from using their reasoning?

Use everyday distractions to prevent thoughts about eternity. Human thoughts about eternity invite God to enter in to their consciousness.

2. Why does Screwtape encourage Wormwood to play upon the man's disappointment with his fellow churchgoers?

Humility is important when dealing with local fellow churchgoers. The other people may be great spiritual warriors and appearances are deceiving when it comes to spiritual reality.

3. Why does Screwtape tell Wormwood it is good for the patient to pray for his mother's soul?

Screwtape wants Wormwood to direct the patient's attention inward toward bogus spiritual meditation rather than outward toward service to others. Screwtape suggests Wormwood encourage the patient to pray for an unrealistic mental portrait of his mother rather than the wants and needs of the annoying real person next to him.

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