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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pacifist Attack on C.S. Lewis

By Rick Pearcey • September 13, 2012, 09:55 AM

Hal G.P. Colebatch writes at American Spectator:

Mark Tooley has done us a service by calling attention to Stanley Hauerwas's challenge to C.S. Lewis's demolition of Christian Pacifism. However, I believe there are several further points to make on this subject.

Lewis, in The Screwtape Letters, had the wily old devil Screwtape point out to his pupil that, from the point of view of Hell war, though it caused agreeable terror, wickedness and suffering among humans, also, unfortunately, led to deplorable instances of bravery, nobility and self-sacrifice.

In wartime people were aware of what was in fact always with them -- death, and one of Hell's most useful tools, contented worldliness, was lost.

From Hell's point of view, war was a two-edged sword, and devils should not be too quick to unthinkingly rejoice over it. . . .