Sunday, May 20, 2012


Richard Platt

A Review

Richard Platt’s new attempt to emulate C. S. Lewis is as much a walk through post modern apologetics as it is an attempt to copy the style and message of C. S. Lewis’ great attempt to speak for Satan.

My first reaction to the book was summarized in a statement I gave to my wife, As One Devil to Another  is to Screwtape Letters what Criminal Minds is to CSI.  

But I was wrong - as I continued to read, I came to realize that Platt’s view of Satan and his dominion is much more diabolical than the simple comparison of two TV shows.  In 31 letters, Platt demonstrates the ugliness, the corruptness, and the deviousness that one might imagine Satan using to bring God’s creation and kingdom, in all its wonder and beauty, to an end.  Alas, and thankfully, the author realizes the futility of Satan’s schemes.

In addition to giving one authors view of Satan’s handiwork, the book also provides an overview of modern apologetics.  Starting with the unexpected conversion of Lewis himself and working through the dangers of living a life driven by competition or the sexual revolution, Platt examines the philosophical roots that define many in the 21st century.  The book does not provide answers, it is too short for that, but it does start the discussion - for both the believer and the unbeliever.  
This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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