“War! What is it Good For?” Guest Co-Host Session on “Pints with Jack” about the Fifth Letter of The Screwtape Letters on Extremism and Spiritual Life during a Pandemic

Recently, I had a great sit-down with Matt from the Pints with Jack podcast to talk about the fifth Letter of The Screwtape Letters. I love doing this show–not just because I get to talk about great books, but because the hosts have managed to produce a truly high-quality podcast. In a rushed age, Pints with Jack is part of an emerging digital community of deep readers, resisting cultural haste and investing itself in luxuriously slow reading. All Autumn, these guys are taking an hour or two to review a chapter Screwtape–one of my favourite books, and one of the more sublime and profound brief texts of the 20th century. You can check Pints with Jack out on their website or on podcast apps everywhere, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

I was given a chance to pick a Screwtape letter to spend time with Matt in deep conversation, and I chose the fifth letter, the one on war. It is a great example of Lewis’ upside-down way of thinking about things. I continue to be amazed at how relevant The Screwtape Letters is during the pandemic, which I admit in the podcast surprised me–not for what happened in the outside world, but for what happened inside of me. I was deeply appreciative of this discussion, which was both cleansing and, I hope, informative for others.

Below is the Youtube audio of the Session, but you can find more ways of connecting here.

And see my previous episode on the “Cosmic Preface” to The Screwtape Letters:

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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