A Theology Lesson for Melissa Hunter and Adult Wednesday Addams via Screwtape

Pray do not fill your letters with rubbish about this European War. Its final issue is, no doubt, important, but that is a matter for the High Command. I am not in the least interested in knowing how many people in England have been killed by bombs. In what state of mind they died, I can learn from the office at this end. That they were going to die sometime, I knew already. Please keep your mind on your work,

Screwtape XXIV

Yesterday I brought to your attention the excellent web series Adult Wednesday Adams, superbly written, conceived and performed by Melissa Hunter whose macabre and original sense of humor should, in my opinion be encouraged and supported whenever possible.

Ironically and likely unintentionally within the series there is a specific episode that produces an excellent opportunity to give a vital theological lesson as a Catholic blogger.

During the 1st season there is an episode called Adult Wednesday Adams at Planned Parenthood where she meets a bomb welding fanatic who after some comical exchanges shouts at her that she wouldn’t know the devil handiwork if it smacked the rainbow stickers off her ukulele. She replies with the following speech.

I know it.

Satan lived in Charles Manson, giving him the charm to form a cult of reckless murder.

Satan lived in Ted Bundy providing him the good looks to lure his targets into his trap where he would strangle his subjects and sleep with the corpses

Satan lived in Jeffrey Dahmer, bidding him to invite unsuspecting victims into his basement only to be dismembered and be eaten.

If Satan is providing me with a dose of Plan B [The abortion pill] he’s really lost his edge.

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This is a clever speech and as a bit of macabre and ironic comedy it works, however as theology it’s exactly backwards.

It is not by the acts of a Bundy, Dahmer or even a Manson that Satan shows his edge, it’s by the seemingly small sins that go unnoticed by the world because it’s by those sins that he produces the only goal he actual has, damned souls.

Screwtape explains this

And Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man’s best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them, in drumming of fingers and kicking of heels, in whistling tunes that he does not like, or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off.

Spending your time tapping your fingers and you thought Satan losing his touch over plan B , but read on

You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. [God]

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Satan isn’t about death, everyone dies, Satan is about souls

It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one— the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

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Think about it for a second. It’s those small sins that are unnoticed that are the most effective, because they keep a person heading in the wrong direction and toward the goal of Hell. And Hell, not suffering on earth, not terror on earth, not pain nor death but Hell is what the devil is all about. Once there there will be plenty of pain, suffering and terror to go around forever.

But there is one more point to make. Plan B is not a small sin when you consider the following fact A woman taking the plan B abortion pill regularly for a period of five years has the potential of ending more lives than Charles Manson family, Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy combined

Moreover because it is not a surgical abortion she will, barring side effects, do so without guilt, without worry without a thought, the very definition of the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, milestones or signposts and without the realization of what she has done.

Plan B isn’t Satan losing his edge, it’s him showing off in style.