Hell, the Devil and Us

Commentary and staged reading of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

A presentation by Dr. James COMO, Communication consultant, lecturer, writer and teacher, and Dr. Thomas HOWARD, Author

Staged reading by Jeremy RISHE and John TOUHEY

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center and American Bible Society

Whereas C.S. Lewis remains one of the best known contemporary Christian authors, The Screwtape Letters is probably not one of his most read works, compared not only to his popular Narnia series, but also to his more explicitly apologetic or autobiographic works. This is a pity because The Screwtape Letters, in spite of its brevity and unusual literary genre, is a truly profound meditation on the deep theological significance of the human relationship with the realities of the world, including material reality in its most banal aspects.

According to Lewis, reality itself is the instrument through which God calls man to himself, so much so that the devil's main trick is to pull man away from it. Not by chance, among Lewis's books The Screwtape Letters was the favorite of the late Monsignor Luigi Giussani, who once wrote: "What is the formula for the journey to the ultimate meaning of reality? Living the real. There is an experience... of an archane, mysterious presence to be found within the opening of the eye, within the attraction reawakened by things, within the beauty of things." This basic truth is echoed many times in the passages by Lewis that will be read at this event.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

About this Event

Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Location: American Bible Society
1865 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY
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About the Speakers

Dr. James Como
Prof. Emeritus, Performing and Fine Arts, York College

Dr. Thomas Howard

About the Readers

Jeremy Rishe

John Touhey
Movie Director


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2012-12-20-Hell, the Devil and Us - Part I

2012-12-20-Hell, the Devil and Us - Part II

2012-12-20-Hell, the Devil and Us - Q & A

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