Link: Screwtape Proposes a Toast from the Saturday Evening Post (1959)

Nearly two decades after the work that secured his fame as a public december 19 1959Christian intellectual, C.S. Lewis wrote a follow up to The Screwtape Letters. I have read that Lewis was repeatedly asked to create a Screwtape sequel, but it wasn’t until 1959 that he agreed to do so for The Saturday Evening Post. I know he struggled to write from the demonic perspective in the original WWII-era Letters, so his reluctance might be simple disinterest.

In any case, he eventually crafted another piece in Screwtape’s wretchedly academic and pretentious voice–this time as a toast instead of a letter. More than the original Screwtape Letters, perhaps, the Toast is an incisive public critique of education, social politics, and cultural shifts in worldview. I also think Screwtape Proposes a Toast gives us another angle to Lewis’ The Abolition of Man: the world behind Screwtape’s Saturday Evening Post 1959speech in 1959 is really the dystopia of “Men Without Chests.” I think it is a critique that is still relevant today, and possibly prophetic.

Although the Toast has been circulating online for some time, The Saturday Evening Post has chosen to release it to the public on their website. What the SEP release does is to allow us to see the letter in the magazine (the PDF is essentially a photocopy) in its original layout with a giant mug shot of Sir Lewis, as well as a poem and a cartoon that seem remarkably out of place. It is well worth a peek.



About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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