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The Snakebite Letters: Devilishly Devious Secrets for Subverting Society As Taught in Tempter's Training School [Paperback]

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Pages   155
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  0898707218  
EAN  9780898707212  

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Taking his cue from the new literary genre invented by C. S. Lewis in Screwtape Letters, Peter Kreeft has gathered together fifteen spicy letters from Satan's agents below that allow the reader to spy into Hell's inter-office communication. Now that it is becoming more and more obvious that we are at war--not only cultural but spiritual war--it is also more necessary to understand our diabolical enemy and his strategy. Combining satire, humor and devilish insights, these fifteen letters from Snakebite to his trainee, Braintwister, provide a complete Satanic strategy for corrupting American society, public and private morality, and the Church. Focusing especially on the critical areas of sex, media, liturgy, theology and religious education, these letters reveal the inroads that Screwtape's satanic American counterparts of the 90s have made into subverting our modern culture. The Koran says: "Before shooting the arrow of truth, dip it in honey." This genre of devilish correspondence allows serious this-worldly social criticism to take the form of witty other-worldly letters.

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More About Peter J. Kreeft

Peter Kreeft Peter J. Kreeft (Ph.D., Fordham University) was born in 1937 and is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including The Best Things in Life, The Journey, How to Win the Culture War and, with Ronald Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics.

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Rather clever overview ...  Jul 12, 2003
of the general themes Prof. Kreeft covers in his other, more "serious" academic works.

As a former government bureaucrat (recovering nicely, thank you!), I particularly enjoyed the narrative of what happens to various tempters who fail in their missions - they get assigned to Hell's version of "sensitivity training."

I am inclined to recommend the reader to stay with Prof. Kreeft's academic work, and leave the related "stirring fiction" to one of his favorite writers, C.S. Lewis.

If this site had a half-star rating, I'd give this 3.5 - a B grade, as a 4 star would be an A-.

Not as good as it should have been  Jun 1, 2003
I never thought the day would come when I gave a Peter Kreeft book a poor grade. But the day has come.

This book is written in the style of the classic "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. I don't fault Kreeft for falling short of the brilliance of Lewis, for almost any author is going to miss so high a mark. But I do fault Kreeft for failing to tell a consistent story over the course of this book. In "The Screwtape Letters" Lewis shows you the life of a young man (from the perspective of his tempters) from the time he becomes a Christian, all the way through to his death. We see him while he is a baby in his faith. We see him fall into sin, and then repent. We see him struggle in World War II and then follow him to his death. Finally we get to see a glimpse of him as he rises into Glory. We can see in this young man our own lives, our own struggles and our own temptations. And we can hope for his reward.

"The Snakebite Letters" fails utterly to imitate this style. The man in this book has just converted to Christianity. Then, out of nowhere, he's sleeping with some girl we never even heard of. Then, just as suddenly, she's having an abortion. Then we never hear about her again! Then there's several chapters about him attending classes at a liberal Catholic university. Then the book just ends. What a disappointment! The chapters don't flow at all. It is as if each chapter was written independently and then hobbled together into a book.

Peter Kreeft is one of my favorite authors. I get the feeling that either he didn't spend much time on this book, or that it was heavily edited by someone else. It's a pity. Kreeft is one of the few authors that could pull off a legitimate update of "The Screwtape Letters." But he missed with this one...

Laugh and Cringe at the same moment  Jan 5, 2003
This is a fabulous read. I could not put the book down until I knew just how the advice from one of the devil's hench-men to an underling would turn out. Kreeft is witty, out-right funny and deadly serious all at the same time. I was simultaneously laughing out loud and horrified to recognize my own behavior. How does an author make that possible? How could I not have known about this book earlier? The book is also full of truth and moral lessons, helpful in any age, but particularly difficult to find in the modern world and impossible to find in such an enjoyable manner.
Prophetic sourballs of insight  Jun 11, 2002
A second set of diabolical dialog between a senior tempter (Snakebite) and his young protege (Braintwister) in the style of the Screwtape Letters of C.S. Lewis. He captures the tone and insight of the original masterpiece, giving short chapters of very funny and often uncomfortable insight into how easily we can find our best intentions twisted to serve evil ends, while still feeling "pious" and "spiritual."

This book more focuses on the institutional strategies - how the church can have its ends twisted, and still profess faithfulness. Such things as bad translations of scripture, bad and vapid worship music, emphasizing half of a truth and missing the whole, and so on. His chapters on the homosexualizing of the Catholic clergy, written 10 years ago, are worth reading in light of today's problems.

Much recommended.

Terrific send up of current problems  Apr 14, 1998
This is a followup to C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, and, while not as good as the orginal, it is an excellent way to get a "tour" of the current problems in the church. It has the merit of a humorous approach to problems ranging from priests and professors who discourage faith in Catholic colleges to a short discussion of confusion and its role in teaching people that sophistication is better than truth.

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