Angels, demons, and C.S. Lewis

I’m profoundly honored to be featured in this week’s Breakpoint with John Stonestreet. Cornelius Plantinga leads off with a discussion of the understanding of Satan in our post-Englightment culture. I follow with a similar discussion of angels, keying off my book Lifted by Angels. Listen to the interviews here.

If you’re interested in more, you can listen to part of chapter 1 of Lifted by Angels here:

Belief in the angelic realm — including the demonic — might seem farfetched to some, but it’s part of the witness of scripture and the church. Stonestreet appropriately quotes C.S. Lewis’ statement in Mere Christianity:

I know someone will ask me, “Do you really mean, at this time of day, to reintroduce our old friend the devil—hoofs and horns and all?” Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns. But in other respects my answer is “Yes, I do.”

Plantinga recommends, as do I, frequent reading of Lewis’ classic Screwtape Letters. To whet your appetite, here’s Lewis’ humorous essay, “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” from the December 19, 1959, issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

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  • kevin kirkpatrick

    I haven’t listened to the stuff as I am at work, but I did read over Screwtape Proposes a toast, which I haven’t read in many years. So great, and such a good reminder. I absolutely need to re-read Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity again. It has been too long.

    • Joel J. Miller

      Amen. I hadn’t read it in a while either. Great stuff.