I have a couple questions... -According to Screwtape, who makes "better sport in Hell than a tyrant?" -Screwtape tells Wormwood to bring back food or what? -According to Screwtape, what is the...

I have a couple questions...

-According to Screwtape, who makes "better sport in Hell than a tyrant?"

-Screwtape tells Wormwood to bring back food or what?

-According to Screwtape, what is the reason for birth?

-To what does Screwtape compare the church?

-What have demons twisted "charity" into?

-Since demons cannot deceive the whole human race, it is important to what?

Can you answer these ASAP?


Expert Answers
Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1)  "Better sport in hell..." Chapter XXIII: A spoiled saint, a Pharisee, an inquisitor, or a magician, makes better sport in Hell than a mere common tyrant or debauchee. 

2) "Bring back food or..." Chapter XXX: Bring us back food, or be food yourself. 

3) "Reason for Birth... Chapter XXVIII: How valuable time is to us may be gauged by the fact that the Enemy allows us so little of it. The majority of the human race dies in infancy; of the survivors, a good many die in youth. It is obvious that to Him human birth is important chiefly as the qualification for human death, and death solely as the gate to that other kind of life. We are allowed to work only on a selected minority of the race, for what humans call a "normal life" is the exception. Apparently He wants some—but only a very few—of the human animals with which He is peopling Heaven to have had the experience of resisting us through an earthly life of sixty or seventy years.

4) "Compare to the Church..." Chapter XVI: Surely you know that if a man can't be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that "suits" him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.The reasons are obvious. In the first place the parochial organisation should always be attacked, because, being a unity of place and not of likings, it brings people of different classes and psychology together in the kind of unity the Enemy desires. The congregational principle, on the other hand, makes each church into a kind of club, and finally, if all goeswell, into a coterie or faction.

5) "Twisting charity"... Chapter XXVI: The grand problem is that of "unselfishness". Note, once again, the admirable work of our Philological Arm in substituting the negative unselfishness for the Enemy's positive Charity. Thanks to this you can, from the very outset, teach a man to surrender benefits not that others may be happy in having them but that he may be unselfish in forgoing them

6) "Cannot deceive..." Chapter XXVII: "And since we cannot deceive the whole human race all the time, it is most important thus to cut every generation off from all others; for where learning makes a free commerce between the ages there is always the danger that the characteristic errors of one may be corrected by the characteristic truths of another. But thanks be to our Father and the Historical Point of View, great scholars are now as little nourished by the past as the most ignorant mechanic who holds that "history is bunk."