Friday, July 22, 2005

Screwtape on the Blogosphere

I'm sure that many of you are familiar with C.S. Lewis' classic work titled The Screwtape Letters. It's one of my absolute favorite books, something I've read and enjoyed since I was in grade school.

In the book, Lewis deals with a number of Christian topics and concerns "through the back door," i.e., by having an experienced demon tempter named Screwtape give lessons in confronting "The Enemy" to his young nephew Wormwood. He does this through a series of letters written to the young demon. Screwtape's advice on how to trick and lead Christians astray becomes a warning to us of how not to fall into such traps.

Let's play "What if?" What would happen if Lewis were alive today, and still authoring letters from Screwtape to Wormwood? What would Lewis' take be on this newfangled trend toward blogging, and specifically toward Christians on the Blogosphere?

In this interesting post on his blog Two or Three, Aaron imagines what such a letter would talk about. Basically, he has Screwtape advise Wormwood to make his neophyte Christian blogger fall into one of two traps: either not mentioning Christ at all on his blog, or mentioning Christ, but doing so in a prideful way that places more emphasis on winning cyberspace arguments than in being an example to the lost.

I found it interesting reading, especially since I have recently been strugging with the topic of whether my blog is truly Christian or not.

Quote of the day:

"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."

--C.S. Lewis


Bluestocking said...

Well,if you put any stock in the quotation you chose, if you live a Christian life, it is a Christian blog. I have not yet opened myself up enough on my blog to overtly discuss my faith, but I don't think that means my blog is not Christian.

nightfly said...

Muley -

Came across this a few days ago from Doug TenNapel. I wish he'd written it a month ago while we were punting the issue around.