Monday, May 20, 2013

Magnificent Malevolence Book Review

Magnificent Malevolence
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Magnificent Malevolence by Derek Wilson is very much like the Screwtape letters, just written in a different time. 

C. S. Lewis, who introduced Screwtape, a senior devil, to the world in 1942, knew that evil is powerful and personal. He understood that its main thrust was against God and the people of God.

There can be no doubt that Lewis would agree that Screwtape and his diabolical colleagues have not ceased their operations in the last seventy years. As the human decades have passed, the same war has been fought, with new weapons and different battle tactics.

How fortunate, then, that the following account, rescued from the archives of the Low Command's Ministry of Misinformation, has fallen into our hands. This remarkable manuscript outlines the career of the prominent devil, Crumblewit SOD (Order of the Sons of Darkness, 1st Class). It was in a much mutilated state and has only, with difficulty, been cut and pasted together to make a reasonably coherent narrative of the activities of a post-Screwtape generation of devils. It is not, of course, "true" in the sense of being an objective appraisal of the struggles between good and evil which dominated human affairs in the period from 1950 to 2000. The account is distorted by Crumblewit's truly diabolical conceit and also his ability for self-delusion. However, it does shed fresh light on the ups and down experienced by the church throughout this period.

Crumblewit's energies were entirely deployed in the religious arena. He was employed exclusively in undermining the attempts of Christians to bring to bear upon world events the prerogatives of love, peace, and justice and to carry out the mission entrusted to them by Jesus .(Goodreads)

 I just read the Screwtape Letters last year for the first time and surprisingly enjoyed the book. C. S. Lewis is a delight to read, though some of his work a bit challenging for me. This book is very comparable. It has the same tone and the monologue is a lot the same. Crumblewit and SOD clan use somewhat cheesy names and plans but it takes a talented author to write like that. For someone to even write about the devil and evils so clearly and twist the readers minds I would think would be challenging. I did like the Screwtape Letters more so than this book, but if you like C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters you should read Magnificent Malevolence.

 "I received this book from Kregel for free in exchange for an honest review."

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