I'm currently enrolled in a doctoral seminar that met at Oxford University in England. The class explores communication styles of C.S. Lewis. This post, and others like it, are part of a writing assignment to create three contemporary Screwtape Letters. I hope you will take advantage of this unique view into the world where demons plot the demise of Those Who Love God. Enjoy!
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Screwtape is on trial in the Supreme Abyss of Hell. His suave young nephew, Wormwood, leaned in to prosecute at a table prepared “in the presence of [Screwtape’s] enemies” but, “goodness and mercy” were not present. The charges included a class action petition from the Werewolves whose entitlements at the Halloween dinner were invaded. They claim damages in that they are merely cursed; but were illegally categorized with the undead. Apparently the undead simply consume, not careful about who they eat. Screwtape’s hasty prosecution was indifferent to the Rule. A more serious charge was filed: Ambiguous Injuries to Hell. That means no one knows the charge yet.
Action in the courtroom started when the bailiff shouted, “BY WHOSE NAME WILL YOU SWEAR? By whose name shall it be? Bacchus? Ishtar? Beelzebub?”
Screwtape, shuffling his tale in the dust, cleared his throat, and sobbed. He was utterly alienated by every kind of demonic force in the realm. “Uh, I swear in the name of The Christ, whose paraclete has rescued the boy!” These utterances called for immediate adjournment for severe battering all over Screwtape’s slimy body. Official Eternally Record reads,
Screwtape: Coward Weak Pitiful
After the beating recess, Screwtape testified, sniveling into shredded tissue; shocking the 3-judge panel by wailing that everyworm will bow and every forked tongue will confess the power of the One [who will remain nameless here]. Objections heralded all over the room, admonishing Screwtape to testify without swearing in. Screwtape wailed insisted that his testimony was the “truth. The whole truth; and nothing but the truth.”
“I went there, to the boy, to set a trap for . . . I was so humiliated after . . . .
The boy saw me; and spoke directly to me. He had the influence of consecrated power. I. . . I. . . had to. . . answer him truthfully. There was no use fighting it . . . useless.
When the boy saw me, long forgotten technicalities and legalities were already set in motion. My world collided with the boy’s. The boy knew who I was. He said he’d seen a movie that explained people’s souls lived inside their bodies. Then he winked, pointed at me, and declared me an “animal demon”. I was powerless and referred to the dust by the boy, but not to hell! Someworm saved me from the dust, I don’t know who.
Screwtape was found guilty on all charges and will spend eternity in hell. His defense of eternal life went unacknowledged.
32 - The Saga Continues
This is a writing assignment for COM 785, CS Lewis & Friends
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