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The Devil: A Very Short Introduction

The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Oldridge, Darren

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Why do the innocent suffer in a world created by a loving God? Does this mean that God cannot prevent this suffering, despite His supposed omnipotence? Or is God not loving after all? This in brief is 'the problem of evil'. The Devil provides one solution to this problem: his reb...ellion against God and hatred of His works is responsible for evil. The Christian Devil has fascinated writers and theologians since the time of the New Testament, and inspired many dramatic and haunting works of art. Today he remains a potent image in popular culture. The Devil: A Very Short Introduction presents an introduction to the Devil in the history of ideas and the lives of real people. Darren Oldridge shows us that he is a more important figure in western history than is often appreciated, and also 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 principle of 'demonic inversion' (the idea that as the eternal leader of the opposition, the Devil represents the mirror image of goodness); and the multiplicity and instability of ideas about the Devil. While belief in the Devil has declined, the idea of an abstract force of evil is still remarkably strong. Oldridge concludes by exploring 'demonological' ways of thinking in our own time, including allegations of 'satanic ritual abuse' and the on-going 'war on terror'.
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ISBN 9780199580996
Released NZ 15 Jun 2012
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199580996
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 15 Jun 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Oldridge, Darren
Series Very Short Introductions
Category History Of Religion
Satanism & Demonology
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 113mm
Height: 174mm
Spine: 8mm
Dewey Code 235.47
Weight 114g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Devil - Christianity, RELIGION / Christianity / History, RELIGION / History
NBS Text Alternative Belief Systems
ONIX Text General/trade