Correspondence Between Demons (2)


“For they always forget, what you must always remember, that they are animals and that whatever their bodies do affects their souls.”

-Screwtape, Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


2 Responses to “Correspondence Between Demons (2)”

  1. Chris Says:

    I love C.S. Lewis. His work has no doubt influenced a lot of people’s faith. It certainly has mine. Here, though, I am not convinced he is working with the right notion of the human, especially the body and soul separation. For those inclined to explore a little about the idea of a body & soul distinction, check out Nancey Murphy’s Bodies and Souls, Or Spirited Bodies? (here).
    You might also be interested to hear several views on the body/soul issue. If so check out, In Search of the Soul the “Year’s Best Book for Preachers” by Preaching magazine (here).
    The book description: Why a search for the soul? Many Christians assume that it is biblically faithful and theologically noncontroversial to speak of humans having a soul. Yet a wide range of biblical scholars are questioning whether we have correctly understood what the Bible means when it speaks of the “soul.” And contemporary neuroscience is laying more and more questions at the doorstep of the church, asking whether our human sense of self is intelligible on the basis of soul. But for thoughtful Christians, following science on this point looks like caving in to reductionism, while denying science gives off the odor of obscurantism. In Search of the Soul provides a rare opportunity to listen in as four Christian philosophers set forth their best arguments for their distinct views and then respond to each other.

  2. The Sage Says:

    Good one, Chris. I think from the time I was a child (long ago and far away) I heard that animals have no soul. It seems the main reason for that was people’s tendency to connect the soul to the power of speech: the trait that distinguishes men from animals. Other teachings I’ve encountered separate our being into three parts: body, soul (the psyche or place of mental processes), and spirit (Heb. 4: 12). Lewis, an
    educated intellectual, was comfortable with science and apparently embraced a more evolutionary view that tends to link us more closely to the animal kingdom ~ that we arose from it rather than that we are made very distinct. So this whole area of ideas about the soul is still very mysterious to us all, it appears. No single absolute that defines it all.

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