Screwtaped Saviors by S. M. Hutchens

Screwtaped Saviors

S. M. Hutchens on the Endless Succession of Historical Jesuses

Only recently have I obtained The Screwtape Letters for my own library. It came to me upon my father’s death—the copy I had read as a boy in his house. I have probably referred to it somewhere in my published work, but it is the sort of book I generally avoid quoting. During most of my life it has been so well known that I find most references to Screwtape (by someone else) hackneyed, and it has been carried in memory well enough to support my own casual references.

I have needed, however, to develop scruples against this attitude, believing in principle that good books are worth re-reading and rehearsing to one’s own readers, worth reexamination by a mind significantly aged since the last consultation. So, after thirty or so years I have just re-read Screwtape.

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S. M. Hutchens is a senior editor and longtime writer for Touchstone.

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