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Dispensing With the Devil

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William Kay has drawn attention to an interesting feature of those British Pentecostal ministers who hold a 'demonic world-view': that they tend to score higher on the Eysenck psychoticism scale than might be expected. This article, reflecting on these findings, relates this observation to the 'agonistic' world-view of early Christianity. It then relates these findings also to the decline in belief in a personal agent of evil with whom the Christian is in conflict, and to the relative scarcity of high scorers on the psychoticism scale among Christian worshippers.


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