Quest For the Historical Satan
The figure of Satan has for centuries embodied or incarnated absolute evil. Existing alongside more intellectualist interpretations of evil, Satan has figured largely in Christian practices, devotions, popular notions of the afterlife, and fears of retribution in the beyond. Satan...
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The figure of Satan has for centuries embodied or incarnated absolute evil. Existing alongside more intellectualist interpretations of evil, Satan has figured largely in Christian practices, devotions, popular notions of the afterlife, and fears of retribution in the beyond. Satan remains an influential reality today in many Christian traditions and in popular culture. But how should Satan be understood today?
^^De La Torre and Hernandez's volume probes the murky origins of the satanic legends and beliefs back to their pre-Christian roots in the Middle East. They unearth the Satan's roots in Egyptian and Babylonian understandings of evil. They also show, however, that the ancient Satan has some characteristics we would hardly recognize, especially his appearance in most ancient cultures and survival in many traditional religions as the "trickster" figure.
While a minor tradition in historic Christianity, the authors argue, seeing Satan as trickster is historically accurate and holds real promise for Christian rethinking in "theology, philosophy, and practive of evil" and how it can be dealt with. This is a fascinating story that helps the reader reframe basic elements of our worldview of good and evil.
Albert Hernandez (Ph.D., Drew University) is Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Iliff School of Theology. He is the author of Subversive Fire: Pentecost in Medieval and Early Modern Christianity (2009) and The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress Press, 2010) with Miguel A. De La Torre
Miguel De La Torre (Ph.D., Temple University)is associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology, a director to the Society of Christian Ethics, and the co-chair of the Ethics Section at the American Academy of Religion. De La Torre is a newspaper and Internet columnist and a respected expert on liberation theologies
he has authored Genesis: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.); Latino/a Social Justice: Moving Beyond Eurocentric Moral Thinking(Baylor University Press, 2010); The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress, 2010) with Albert Hernandez and A Lily Among the Thorns: Imagining a New Christian Sexuality (Jossey-Bass, 2007)
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