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A History of the Devil
A History of the Devil Gerald Messadi 156836198X 9781568361987 AN UNORTHODOX COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF RELIGION-FROM THE DARK SIDE-BY A BESTSELLING THEOLOGIAN The biggest ruse of the devil is making us believe that he doesnt exist, claimed Baudelaire. O
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A History of the Devil by Gerald Messadi

AN UNORTHODOX COMPARATIVE HISTORY OF RELIGION-FROM THE DARK SIDE-BY A BESTSELLING THEOLOGIAN The biggest ruse of the devil is making us believe that he doesnt exist, claimed Baudelaire. On the contrary, argues bestselling historian and critic Gerald Messadie, the true evil lies in the fact that we believe in him at all. A History of the Devil is a provocative exploration of the personification of evil through the ages and across cultures. Messadie reveals that the Satan of Judeo-Christian mythology-the antithesis of God and good-was a concept unknown to the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Hindus, and Chinese. In fact, the devil was probably invented six centuries before the common era by Persian clergy eager to demonize their political adversaries. Ever since, the image of evil has been a useful tool of the powerful, both religious and secular, from the prosecutors of the Spanish Inquisition to the Cold Warriors of our own time. In seventeen absorbing chapters, Messadie researches the genealogy of the devil in the worlds major civilizations, from Asia and Europe to Africa and North America. He examines the devils role in each culture and the evolution of his various incarnations throughout history. Abundant in historical references and cultural analyses, A History of the Devil shows that it is precisely the belief in the devil that lies at the root of religious fanaticism around the world today.

Author: Gerald Messadi

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Kodansha USA

Publication Date: 1997-11-17

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