Flashback: What if Screwtape Were at General Convention?
Say—how’d we miss posting this little essay, snuck into the Center Aisle publication, normally known for its affectations of “moderation”? The entire thing is hilarious—strikes just the right note—but just as amusing are two comments from revisionist activists, one of whom has apparently never read Screwtape Letters and so doesn’t understand the use of the word “vermin” and the other who assures us that General Convention is made up of “the best minds in our church,” which, if true, certainly explains its cataclysmic decline.
At any rate, check out Screwtape’s little missive to General Convention, from which the below is excerpted:
Should calls for reform gain force, all is not lost. Encourage your patients to see every attempt to change Church structure as limits on the Church’s ministries, not on their personal power or agenda. Our patients lack the ability to see the irony in calling for radical changes to the society around them, while resisting so inflexibly the call to reform the one institution that they in fact control.
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