Sympathy for the Devil: The Evolution of Satan
Friday, April 2, 2010
In Western theology, if you think Satan makes his first appearance in Genesis, think again. From the inception of Christianity, to the Tarot, to modern religion, human beings have struggled with the notion of a devil. And even if you see yourself as a sophisticated New Thought soul-thinker who has moved past the need for such things, what’s all this about “the ego”—hasn’t it become the new devil? Isn’t that just as problematic as the old notion? If you believe in such things as angels, can demons be that far behind? In the end, Satan may be the most misunderstood character in our religious annals … and isn’t it time we show him a little sympathy?