“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other toend before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achievemuch are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” C.S. Lewis
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without suddenturnings, without milestones, without signposts,… (150)
…you allowed the patient toread a book he reallyenjoyed, because heenjoyed it…you allowed himto walk down to the old milland have tea there—a walkthrough country he reallylikes, and taken alone. Inother words, you allowedhim two real positivePleasures. (152)Why do real pleasuresconfound Satan?
For by the grace given me Isay to every one of you: Donot think of yourself more How can Satan usehighly than you ought, but our virtuesrather think of yourselfwith sober judgment, in (particularly humility)accordance with the faith against us?God has distributed to eachof you. For just as each ofus has one body with manymembers, and thesemembers do not all havethe same function, so inChrist we, thoughmany, form one body, andeach member belongs toall the others. We have
How does Satan use time against us?The humans live in time butour Enemy destines them toeternity. He therefore, Ibelieve, wants them toattend chiefly to twothings, to eternityitself, and to that point of
Why is it important to commit to a specific community of believers? Surely youknow that if a man can’t be cured ofchurchgoing, the next best thing is to send himall over theneighborhoo d looking for the church that ‘suits’ him
The real fun is working up hatred between those who say ‘mass’ and those who say ‘holy communion’ when neither party could possibly state the difference…and all the purely indifferent things—candles and clothes and what not—are an admirable ground for our activities. (158)
…’being in love’ is the only respectable ground for marriage; that marriage can, and ought to , render thisexcitement permanent; and thata marriage which does no do sois no longer binding. This idea is our parody….(161)
They regard the intention of loyalty to a partnershipfor mutual help, for the preservation of chastity, and for the transmission of life, as something lower than a storm of emotion. (162) …feed him on minor poets and fifth-rate novelists of
“As a result we are more and moredirecting the desires of men tosomething which does not exist—making the role of the eye in sexualitymore and more important and at thesame time making its demands more How has Satan usedand more impossible!” (166) appearance in your life to distract you?
Read chapters 22-31 (pp 169-188) Write a short analysis of the final chapters Create an image of anything related to any part of the book. Prepare a presentation that includes an admonition or challenge to your classmates about avoiding the Wormwoods whisperingin their ears. (These presentations should be longer than previous ones…)