Evil as Satanizing Self, Others, and God

  • Daryl Koehn

Abstract

The New Testament Gospels consistently identify evil with Satan. Jesus Christ defeats Satan and thereby liberates us from the forces of evil. How does Jesus understand the satanic or demonic? Dante suggests that we fall into the jaws of Satan whenever our identifying with our suffering causes us to be driven by our passions and seduced by our cunning. With this identification, we forfeit the possibility of freedom and become like machines. Does Jesus, like Dante, think it operates in a mechanical fashion? In what way does Jesus’ message free us from evil? Are we freed from doing evil, from suffering it, or from both?

Keywords

Expense Bors Ghost Sonal Milton 

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Notes

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