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Demons And The Devil In Ancient And Medieval Christianity: Introduction, Summary, Reflection

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This chapter is intended to help to raise awareness of the devil, on the one hand to its adoption as a reality, on the other hand to its interpretation as symbolism of evil. In a historic part of a story of Satan, myth outlines first the rise of Satan from a walk-on role in the Old Testament to the opponent of God in Judaism, then the approaches to Judaism, narrow it to the embassy of its overcoming in the New Testament-with a view on the increase of its importance in patristic and medieval times. In a systematic part three theses on the importance of Satan follow in early Christianity: the social history, the psychological anthropology and psychology of religion "theology" of the devil. The idea of Satan says something about man's relationship to other people, to himself and to transcendence. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: early Christianity; Judaism; psychological anthropology; religion theology; Satan; social history



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