Thursday, March 20, 2014

C.S. Lewis on supernatural evil

I received a number of emails from you following yesterday's post about the book/film The Exorcist. 

Several of you sent me this link about people experiencing strange occurrences after watching the more recent horror movie, The Conjuring.

My attitude on such things can be more or less summed up by one of C.S. Lewis's introductory statements in The Screwtape Letters:


"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."

The Conjuring contained some creepy scenes, and most people left the movie in a heightened state of suggestibility. 

I would estimate that 99% of all supposedly supernatural occurrences do have a "logical explanation." 

This is a point that the Ed Warren character goes out of his way to make in the movie. 

Once one accepts a fundamental belief in the the supernatural, there is a temptation among some people to see ghosts and demons in every corner of life. 

This is almost always not the case.

If you find yourself straying too far into the realm of suggestibility, you might reread the above quote by C.S. Lewis. 

Even within the framework of spiritual beliefs, there is a place for the counterbalance of skepticism.