By Joseph Loconte
People of faith have long assumed that the Devil’s principal stratagem is to tempt his victims with thoughts of revenge, deceit, lust, pride, and other deadly sins. In his diabolical classic The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis suggests a very different approach: “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds,” explains Screwtape, a senior demon advising his protégé. “In reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”
If true, this insight helps explain the radically divergent paths of the British-born author-brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens.
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