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Even the Christian belief structure doesn't present a uniform view of the prince of darkness. If what you're looking for is a basic, non-technical introduction to a complex character, this book is a good place to start. May 07, Mathilde Bellemare rated it liked it. Gives a cursory overview of the development of the Devil. I would have liked to see a little more time devoted to the difference between satan, Satan, and the Devil. The compare and contrast of monotheistic and ditheistic religions is clear. The problems inherent to an independent, sometimes omnipresent and omnipotent, evil being within a monist theology is well expressed.
Modern images and ideas of Gives a cursory overview of the development of the Devil. Modern images and ideas of the purpose of the Devil is somewhat laxking. However, the author does leave the question of a "secular devil" open. I had some problems with the author's intentional provocative language.
The Devil: A Biography
His personal distain or, at least, ambivalence, for the Catholic Church is painfulky obvious. His use of "immature" to describe muscians or artists who use or abuse Satanic symbols is lacking professionalism. The language calls into question the author's relationship with the Catholic Church, the Devil, and his imagery. Even so, a nice read of a short, comprehensive biography. Some good aspects and research, let down by the lack of focus in the final third of the study.
Stanford offers a good insight into the role of the Devil within the Catholic church -- the strength of this study, rather than the wider cross-mythic roles of the adversarial rebel. Sep 23, Mark Speed rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent, comprehensive biography of Satan.
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Who is the Devil? He's the scapegoat that the major religions use to place the blame for human frailties and evils. Some inculcate the idea within themselves and then try to lay the blame at his door.
Anyway, the concept has been around since religion was written down. This is a terrific read for anyone interested in religion. Excellent notes, bibliography a An excellent, comprehensive biography of Satan.
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Excellent notes, bibliography and index. May 29, Frau Feli rated it it was amazing. I've read it in german, but couldn't find the edition. Stanford also followed Lord Longford into the campaign for Moors Murderer Myra Hindley to be paroled from her life sentence , supporting the claims of those who argued that Hindley should be released from prison as she had rehabilitated and was no longer a threat to society. Hindley died in November , after serving 36 years of her life sentence, as her original year minimum term had been increased by a succession of Home Secretaries to 30 years and finally to a whole life tariff , and three appeals against this ruling in the High Court were rejected.
Stanford was a regular visitor to Hindley in prison during the final few years of her life, and agreed with the reports by prison and parole board officials who stated that Hindley was a reformed character who no longer posed a threat to society, and on this basis had qualified for parole.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I try to keep a balanced view. It helps on a day to day basis when every issue is polarized along political ideology, media bias and regional values.
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At a fundamental level, this polarization is an effort to distinguish good from bad in a complex miasma of influences for even the most mundane circumstances. It's how we derive values, ethics and morals. With that as your premise, I read Azra Ashlan's "Zealot" on my last summer vacation. Having felt I had a good grasp on the historical figure of Jesus, I immediately sought to understand his prime foil There really is no one, either historical or allegorical that fits this role, so you have to suspend some of the criteria around an actual flesh and blood person and accept the closest mythical equivalent: This book does a good job in portraying Satan's character development, the cultural need for and persistent antithetical duality of the many iterations of Satan from the pre-Christian era to the contextual present mid 's in this case.
My big take away is that while the original Christians were absolute geniuses in posthumously creating the single immortal and benevolent Jesus, those that assumed the powerful and lucrative roles of leaders in the ensuing Catholic See needed the scapegoat Satan as their own behaviors and ambitions strayed far from the original teachings. I'd write more but feel that it would just fuel the comment section here on Amazon and it will load up with the usual vitriolic banter found on nearly every comment thread on the internet.
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I liked this book. It's well written by one who clearly exhausted his patience with an overly prescriptive Christian youth. You may read it with a different perspective and feel otherwise. Oh one way to find out. He is no expert on the Devil, i was very disapointed in the book, i could of found infor and put a book together. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This book was a real disappointment. Though I wasn't looking for a sensationalist approach to the topic, itwas dry, dry, dry.