June 15, 2012

“…are you not being a trifle naive? It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep him out of the Enemy’s clutches…your man…doesn’t think of doctrines as primarily ‘true’ or ‘false’, but as ‘academic’ or ‘practical’, ‘outworn’ or ‘contemporary’, ‘conventional’ or ‘ruthless’…Don’t waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong, or stark, or courageous–that it is the philosophy of the future. That’s the sort of thing he cares about…By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient’s reason; and once it is awake, who can forsee the result?

Uncle Screwtape, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

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