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The Devil

Darren Oldridge

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580996
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777776 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199580996.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

The Devil

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Focussing specifically on the Christian Devil, The Devil: A Very Short Introduction explores the many guises and roles he played in the Bible. He has fascinated writers and theologians since New Testament times, and inspired many dramatic and haunting works of art. Today he remains a potent image in popular culture. According to the principle of ‘demonic inversion’, the Devil represents the mirror image of goodness. While belief in him has declined, the idea of an abstract force of evil is still remarkably strong. Today we are more likely to speak about ‘demonological’ ways of thinking, including allegations of ‘satanic ritual abuse’ and the on-going ‘war on terror’.

Keywords: devil; evil; Sigmund Freud; John Paul II; ritual; Scotland

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience

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Depicting the Devil in The Devil

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The Devil today in The Devil

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