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

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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.

empha­sis mine

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]

empha­sis mine

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.

empha­sis mine

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.

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.

emphasis mine

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]

emphasis mine

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.

emphasis mine

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.