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Is There Really a Devil?

The devil has been blamed for all kinds of things in human history, from global catastrophes to our own personal failings.

Is there really a force of evil in the world? If so, what is it? How does it work? What does it look like?

What do you really believe?


 

Nimue Brown

Nimue Brown

Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil? I think the Devil is a way of putting outside of us all the things we don’t want to admit are part of being human. We kill and torture, rape and abuse. Once we admit that evil wears human faces, then we stand a better chance of dealing with it and not becoming a manifestation of it ourselves.

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

Yes, there is "a" devil -- in fact, there are tons of them!

Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett

I'd dearly love to blame my faint-heartedness, faithlessness, and fickleness on some Big Bad.

George Elerick

George Elerick

We could all be the devil. It's a choice we make every day.

M. Horatius Piscinus

M. Horatius Piscinus

For the series on “What do I really believe,” another question asked whether I believe there really is a Devil? It seems a rather irrelevant question as there is no such purveyor of evil in Roman tradition.  It does, however, recall philosophical questions which pertain to all religious traditions. Epicurus asked: “Is God willing to [...]

Amanda Thomas

Amanda Thomas

Evil is determined by your own perception, or intent.

Galen C. Dalrymple

Galen C. Dalrymple

Pure evil must have an origin.

Jason Mankey

Jason Mankey

I can't completely dismiss the idea of the Devil. I'm of the opinion that if billions of people believe in something then that energy of belief goes into manufacturing whatever construct is on their minds. Do I believe in a devil with a pitchfork feeding the furnaces of hell? Certainly not, but I think there's something that appears every time Satan is invoked. - 

Students from North Georgia College and State University answer the question "Is There Really a Devil?"

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