Elaine Pagels
Random House, New York, 1997, 1995, English
Nonfiction, General
ISBN: 9780679401407
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Calvin Tsao

According to Pagels, Satan was morphed by early Christians from his earlier depiction by the Hebrews, as an agent of God that tested the faithful, into a much darker figure and a convenient enemy used to unite early Christians. Pagels argues compellingly that once Satan was defined as the source of all evil, society’s emphasis on personal introspection was eclipsed by political struggles between us, the righteous, and them, the evildoers.

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