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p. 463. The Devil and humankindlocked

  • Darren Oldridge

Abstract

What is the relationship between ‘The Devil and humankind’? In the 16th and 17th centuries, Satan's kingdom is described as the demonic inversion of goodness. He is an anti-God and his son is Antichrist, whose appearance will presage the Last Judgement. A central theme of Jesus' ministry in the New Testament is exorcism — the expulsion of demons. Christians struggle against demonic temptation and suffer punishment if they fail. Sin is the Devil within. In the pre-modern world, the Devil can take control of a person's body. From the 18th century onwards, scientific naturalism and an insulated concept of self gradually diminish belief in the power of demons.

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