Written in 1959 by C.S. Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) of The Chronicles of Narnia fame, “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” is a follow-up to his very popular Screwtape Letters. It is among the most creative pieces of fiction in the last century.
Screwtape is a demon who schemes to bring more souls into Hell. But Screwtape’s plans often backfire, particularly when intended victims realize someone is playing on their weaknesses. Once they recognize temptation, they find it easier to resist.
Often frustrated, Screwtape responds to defeat with new strategems and an eager pursuit after another soul. The faith of C.S. Lewis was so enduring and all-embracing that even the demons in his imagined inferno were incapable of losing faith.