A Newer, Older, Satan

A BiographyProfessor Henry Ansgar Kelly of UCLA- whose books include “The Devil, Demonology, and Witchcraft” (1968) and “The Devil at Baptism” (1985)- has released a new work in which he argues that Satan has been given a bum rap. Still- says Kelly- his original biography can be reconstructed.

“Christians traditionally think of Satan as Lucifer, God’s enemy, who rebelled against Him out of pride and then caused Adam and Eve to sin. But, as Kelly shows, this portrayal is not biblical but a scenario invented by the early Fathers of the Church which became the ‘New Biography of Satan’. The ‘Original Biography’ must be reconstructed from the New Testament where Satan is the same sort of celestial functionary we see in the Book of Job – appointed to govern the world, specifically to monitor and test human beings.”

The difference may seem subtle to most secular folk, but the psychological recasting of the Lucifer character- both in ancient and modern times- is a key component of the history of social control. Just ask the Catholic church or (on the other hand) the Masons. The idea being put forward by Kelly is that the Satan of the New Testament is no different than the Satan of the Old Testament- in other words, he is still working for God, as a tester of Man. If accepted, this idea would shine a new light on what it means to work “for” Satan.

For those interested in researching the Luciferian themes within the Masonic and Illuminati schools, it is therefore of interest and possible significance that this book has arrived at the moment in time that it has. I don’t know if I’ll like what I read or not- but I know I’m buying the book.

Link: Audio Interview with Henry Ansgar Kelly (RealPlayer)

Link: Satan: A Biography at Cambridge Press


~ by theylive on August 16, 2006.

2 Responses to “A Newer, Older, Satan”

  1. I wonder if that means the church will fess up and let everyone know they’ve been using the entire Satan flag as a mean to control the masses? They wouldn’t do that of course, because then people would just realize that religion is just a means to control in the first place. They can’t let anyone know that little tidbit.

  2. More on the same topic here

    Dancing with the Devil – Parts 1 and 2:


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