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Author Almond, Philip C., author.

Title The Devil : a new biography / Philip C. Almond.

Publication Info. Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2014.
2014

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 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  235.47 Al68d 2014    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xviii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Devil is born -- The fall of the Devil -- Hell's angel -- The Devil rides out -- Devilish bodies -- The Devil and the witch -- A very possessing Devil -- The Devil defeated -- the "death" of the Devil.
Summary "Lucifer, Mephistopheles, Beelzebub; Ha-Satan or the Adversary; Iblis or Shaitan: no matter what name he travels under, the Devil has throughout the ages and across civilizations been a compelling and charismatic presence. In Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, the supposed reign of God has long been challenged by the fiery malice of his opponent, as contending forces of good and evil have between them weighed human souls in the balance. 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. Almond brilliantly locates the "life" of the Devil within the broader Christian story of which it is inextricably a part; the "demonic paradox" of the Devil as both God's enforcer and his enemy is at the heart of Christianity. Woven throughout the account of the Christian history of the Devil is another complex and complicated history: that of the idea of the Devil in Western thought. Sorcery, witchcraft, possession, even melancholy, have all been laid at the Devil's doorstep. Until the Enlightenment enforced a "disenchantment" with the old archetypes, even rational figures such as Thomas Aquinas were obsessed with the nature of the Devil and the specific characteristics of the orders of demons and angels. It was a significant moment both in the history of demonology and in theology when Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) denied the Devil's existence; almost four hundred years later, popular fascination with the idea of the Devil has not yet dimmed"-- Publisher's description.
Subject Devil.
Devil -- Christianity.
Devil. (OCoLC)fst00891974
Devil -- Christianity. (OCoLC)fst01750952
ISBN 9780801453373 (cloth : alk. paper)
0801453372 (cloth : alk. paper)

 
    
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