How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
Author: Elaine Pagels
From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan’s story into an audacious exploration of Christianity’s shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike.
Author: Elaine H. Pagels
This work is a social history of the devil. The figure of Satan has been a standing puzzle in the history of religion. This study examines his origins and his shifting functions. Satan is not present in classical Jewish sources (and scarcely present in traditional Judaism to this day). Images of Satan began to develop and proliferate in later Jewish sources not included in the Hebrew Bible. The book explores this early history or invention of the devil, and traces Satan's subsequent transformations as one of society's most necessary fictions.
Or The Beginning & End of Satan, Devil, Serpent, Dragon or Evil
Author: Jacob Poelman
Historical & Scriptural information opens up the history of Satan while avoiding use of tradition, fear and imagination. Poelman provides harmonious answers in the context of God’s love and purpose that reveals how truth, righteousness, justice, love & etc., are the 'links' of the symbolic 'chain', which gradually binds evil, Satan, Devil, Serpent and Dragon as the Gospel Age metamorphoses into the Kingdom of God. Willing hearts, overcoming fear, anger, guilt, hate, greed, prejudice, jealousy, in the Lord's spirit causes evil to fade from society, bringing Jesus the Christ’s Kingdom into existance. It is God's spirit of truth, peace, justice, righteousness, love and mercy manifested through people creating or supporting numerous financial, mental, medical, physical, civil and religious changes countering the evils effecting mankind, which improves the well-being of all, thus bringing the kingdom of Jesus the Christ into existence. Therefore 'evil'; the Apostle John calls it Satan, Devil, Serpent, Dragon, (Rev. 12:9) conceived in the minds of men, which has brought neighbor against neighbor, nation against nation and Christian's against Christian's is being overcome, for today, evil is being revealed, identified and gradually bound as the Kingdom of Jesus the Christ grows to eventually cover the earth by the end of a thousand years of restitution. Acts 3:20,21.
A Historical Exposition of the Devil and His Fiery Dominions
Author: Kersey Graves
Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.
Though his work has been discredited in some of its details, the atheistic writings and freethinking philosophies of American spiritualist KERSEY GRAVES (1813-1883) remain vital reading today for the more informed critiques of Christianity that they inspired. In this daring book, first published in 1880, Graves condemns the brutal Christian doctrine of eternal punishment through revealing the pagan origins of such concepts as the bottomless pit, lakes of fire and brimstone, the casting out of devils, and other foundational aspects of Christian belief. Students of comparative mythology, modern freethinkers, and anyone interested in demonic folklore will find this Victorian curio an intriguing exposition of ancient folklore. ALSO AVAILABLE FROM COSIMO: Graves's The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors and The Bible of Bibles
Author: Emmanuel Yaw Sarfo
Puts forward the idea that Satan - rather than being a fallen Angel of Light - was created by God from the beginning. It sets out to prove, with biblical references, that the war in Heaven which brought Satan down did not take place before Adam and Eve, but during Christ's Atonement on the Cross.
Or, the Origin of Satan, the Purpose of Man and the Eternal Plan of God
Author: Jesse A. Jackson
"Eternal Implications" is an essay concerning the origin of evil, the purpose of man, and the eternal plan of God. For centuries we have been led into the acceptance of a premise that is absolutely illogical, and has huge eternal implications when carried to its end. The author himself faced some deep challenges to his own faith from a very early age due to the inconsistencies that this idea presented to him . This work is the result of his 14 year ongoing study on this subject.
MANKIND, SLAVE OF YAHWEH
Author: Roy Snelling
Publisher: SPIRITUAL GENESIS BOOKS
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
What is evil? Were did it come from. This is a fundamental negative aspect of the Human condition that has engaged theologians, mystics and philosophers for centuries. And more recently, psychologists. The whole evolutionary process of life entails the use of free will, in an existential sense, making mistakes, correcting such, learning, and then moving on. But evil is like taking hold of a hiking pilgrim who is just about to climb a steep hill, and filling their rucksack with rocks. Many different theories have been put forward as to where evil has come from (the Devil, the Fall, Man disobeying God, brain malfunction) but there is no universal agreement on such. The lack of agreement means that there is no universal concentration of effort to power Mankind forward onto, what should be, a faster evolutionary progression. The book explores every conceivable source of information that is know to us, with a much wider scope than most books on the subject have done in the past. All the known World religions, present and past (including so-called mythologies). Many Native spiritual belief systems. In total over sixty. The book also explores the teachings of various Western Mystical and Esoteric systems. Somewhat controversionally, it then goes on to explore the possibility of extra-terrestrial visitors to our Planet interfering with Human evolution for their own selfish ends. An examination of the development of Western Psychology over nearly three centuries has provided insights into human behaviour and the physiological workings of the brain. Conventional Society post 19th. Century has tended to develop its own set of norms as to what is evil, which sometimes feed back into a government's legislative program in respect of criminal law. The book looks at corporate evil perpetrated by governments, banks, financial institutions, the Media, religious administrative bodies, and multi-national corporations, as these are just as capable of acts of evil as any individual, although often on a vastly greater scale. Lastly the book explores the issues of morality, acts with unintended consequences, the issue of intent, and personal responsibility. Curiously, instead of the last chapter being the conclusion of all the preceding chapters, it traces out the whole history of the Cosmos from the first point of creation (spiritual "Big Bang") right through to modern Human society on Earth. Its purpose was to examine if something untoward happened in the process of Cosmic Creation that has set up an imbalance in the functioning of the Universe, the Galaxy, the Solar System, our Planet, that has thrown Human evolution out of kilter.
Tracing the Devil's Biblical Roots
Author: T. J. Wray,Gregory Mobley
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Of all the demons, monsters, fiends, and ogres to preoccupy the western imagination in literature, art, and film, no figure has been more feared—or misunderstood--than Satan. But how accurate are the popular images of Satan? How--and why--did this rather minor biblical character morph into the very embodiment of evil? T.J. Wray and Gregory Mobley guide readers on a journey to retrace Satan's biblical roots. Engaging and informative, The Birth of Satan is a must read for anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of the Devil.
Author: Michael J. Findley,Mary C. Findley
Publisher: Findley Family Video Publications
Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, young earth, days of creation, offerings for sin, temptation, satan
Author: Fabrice Humbert
Publisher: Profile Books
During a school trip to Buchenwald concentration camp, a young French teacher comes across a photograph of a man whose resemblance to his own father, Adrien, is uncanny. However, the man has a different name and died in 1942. Returning to France, he finds that the memory of the photograph refuses to leave him. He decides to embark on a search for its subject, which takes him to the Buchenwald archives, to the heart of the Nazi machine, but more disturbingly, draws him into the dark heart of his own family. Eventually, he is brought face-to-face with his own capacity for violence. A subtle, moving book, The Origins of Violence shows the limitless ways in which humans inflict harm on each other, and how individual people, not societies, are the perpetrators.
Rebels in the Garden
Author: Bodie Hodge
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group
The ruler of darkness? the Tempter? the Great Red Dragon? Apollyon; the Destroyer? One being is revealed to have all these titles and more - names that reveal his horrific nature? All names given to Satan, your adversary who comes like a lion "seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Today, many question and even mock the very existence of Satan, as well as the reality of evil. Even in the Church, by and large, there are few biblical resources on the subject to counter the destructive claims raised in today's humanistic culture. In The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden you will discover the answers to 35 captivating questions, such as: How could one created good become so absorbed by evil? Why would God, who is not evil, allow evil to continue to exist? Did sin begin with Adam or was its origin found in Satan? When did Satan rebel against God's authority? Where can the answers be found to such provocative, spiritual questions that have been asked so many times over? Carefully consider the biblical response, since it is the only completely reliable foundation for information about Satan. As our absolute authority, we must reject unqualified conclusions drawn from sources outside the Bible, such as the current ideas and traditions of the culture. No believer should be unaware of these sound answers found in the Bible.