The second letter from Screwtape to Wormwood begins with Screwtape discusing how Wormwood’s last patient escaped him. “Do not indulge the hope that you will escape the usual punishments.” Screwtape writes. He goes on to console Wormwood by telling him that hundreds of converts to the Enemy’s camp are subverted back by even brief exposure to sinful activites. Screwtape goes so far as to say that their greatest ally on Earth is the Church. The church experience, he writes, is so disconcerting that new church goers are invariably scornful of these flawed, uppity, arrogant people. The slightest doubt, instilled in the new believer by any operative of the “Father” is enough to turn the man away fom the Church, forever.

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