The Devil

The Devil

A New Biography

Book - 2014
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"In The Devil, Philip C. Almond explores the figure of evil incarnate from the first centuries of the Christian era. Along the way, he describes the rise of demonology as an intellectual and theological pursuit, the persecution as witches of women believed to consort with the Devil and his minions, and the decline in the belief in Hell and in angels and demons as corporeal beings as a result of the Enlightenment. Almond shows that the Prince of Darkness remains an irresistible subject in history, religion, art, literature, and culture."--book jacket.
Publisher: Ithaca, New York :, Cornell University Press,, 2014
Description: xviii, 270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780801453373
0801453372
Branch Call Number: 235.4 Alm

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Apr 04, 2015

I skimmed this, didn't fully read it as in the description // the "demonic paradox" of the Devil as both God's enforcer and his enemy is at the heart of Christianity. \\ Nothing paradoxical about it - - the devil was an artificial construction of the ruling elites to keep the populace passive: obey authority, or burn in hell [and obeying authority means giving them all your money and labor and first rights to your wife!]. And that is why the genius, Spinoza, exposed it for what it is! [And anyone who has actually and seriously read Aquinas knows him to be a lowbrow!]

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