of ends and means

As spoken by the demon named Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood, in C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Screwtape Letters:

“Once you have made the world an end and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours.”

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