Darren Oldridge

in The Devil

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580996
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777776 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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The Devil is represented in history, literature and theology as a figure of darkness and malice. He is the — often appealing — excuse for the bad things that happen in life. Just as some people need to believe in a benevolent God for the world to have moral value, so too may they need to believe in an evil power to explain human suffering. In today's secular times, the concept of a personal Devil has shrunk to a matter of individual belief, albeit one supported by millions within faith communities. For others, the myth of motiveless wickedness has more appeal.

Keywords: Andrew; St Augustine; evil; Martin Luther; St Paul; Salem

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Subjects: Christian Spirituality and Religious Experience

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