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The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

by Darren Oldridge

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These books are deceptively small: one thinks that a decent afternoon will see them off but, they are incredibly meaty. In a mere 105 pages, this book gives one a history of the Devil, how we see him today and the reasons that he is still relevant today. You will not agree with everything in this little tome, but it certainly gets the old grey matter working harder than many of those thousand page epics.

Now, all you have to decide, is whether this is a true depiction of this title, or has the Devil tempted me to lie so that you will be disappointed? ( )
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In 1942, the poet W. H. Auden posed an unconventional question to a group of Sunday school children: 'Do you know what the Devil looks like?'
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The Devil has fascinated Christians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many haunting works of art. This Very Short Introduction looks at the Devil in the history of ideas and in the lives of real people. Darren Oldridge shows us that the Devil is an important figure in western history--a richly complex and contradictory one. Oldridge focuses on three main themes: the idea of the Devil being integral to western thought from the early Middle Ages to the beginnings of modernity; the belief that the Devil represents the mirror image of goodness; and the multiplicity and instability of ideas about the Devil. Oldridge concludes by exploring "demonological" ways of thinking in our own time, including allegations of "satanic ritual abuse."

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"The Devil has fascinated Christians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many haunting works of art. This Very Short Introduction looks at the Devil in the history of ideas and in the lives of real people. Darren Oldridge shows us that the Devil is an important figure in western history--a richly complex and contradictory one. Oldridge focuses on three main themes: the idea of the Devil being integral to western thought from the early Middle Ages to the beginnings of modernity; the belief that the Devil represents the mirror image of goodness; and the multiplicity and instability of ideas about the Devil. Oldridge concludes by exploring "demonological" ways of thinking in our own time, including allegations of "satanic ritual abuse.""--… (more)

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