The Devil: Satan as a Functional Theodicy, Part 1

More quality from Experimental Theology. I’ve been thinking about the whole Devil/Satan issue lately, particularly as Pentecostal friends mention this ‘enemy’ quite a lot. Here’s an excerpt:

I’ve been interested in the psychology of Satan for some time. Not Satan’s psychology, mind you. But how Satan, as an psychological construct, functions in the minds of people. How do people use Satan to describe and explain their experiences?

Obviously, such an approach sets aside questions of ontology and focuses on the psychological dynamics. As a psychologist I can’t address the question of Satan’s existence, but I can study how people think about Satan. I have the tools to do that kind of research.


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