In 1942 the Christian writer and Oxford don C.S. Lewis wrote one of his most influential books, The Screwtape Letters, in which a senior devil, Screwtape, instructs a junior devil, Wormwood, in the art of temptation. Lewis’s intent was to illuminate matters having to do with faith, life, and human folly by writing about the Christian faith from the perspective of the Devil (thus God is spoken of as “the Enemy”). This essay contemplates what both Professor Lewis and Screwtape might say about religion and politics in our time.
Although it is unlikely the sanctions will have much practical effect in either case, it is significant and unprecedented that two NATO allies have sanctioned members of each other's government.