Does Any Religion's 'Evil Guy' Get More Press than Christianity's Satan?
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 15, 2011 5:31pm CST
That struck me as I was listing religious texts in my Amazon Astore: Maybe I've had a 'Christianity-sheltered' life (experiencing all other religions like they're "ancient mythology"), but I've never even HEARD of any other religion's 'fight between good and evil,' let alone 'the evil side having a leader.' Maybe 'the fight between good and evil' is the "adhesive" Christianity uses to make their images stick to the subconscious (like the adhesive a bandage uses to stick to a wound until it heals). What do you think? Is Satan the penultimate bad-guy? Do any other religions have a bad-guy more tricksy, devious and cunning?
• United States
16 Nov 11
I'm not a very religious person, but what you've just said is prominent in all forms of literature. Well, nearly that is. Most movie plots are derived from this very thing and very rarely do people hope the bad guy wins. As someone who looks at the Bible as just a book that teaches people right from wrong, like most other religious texts throughout history, it isn't surprising that most are going to have the bad guy in common.
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
18 Nov 11
In my fading in-and-out of atheism, I'm occasionally drawn back into it by the fact that--as author Michael Crichton writes in "SPHERE"--"God ... is a word"---i.e. that and most of the divine position-holders (Jesus, Gabriel, Lucifer, Satan, etc.) are 'titles attributed to the jobs they do' (Jesus is 'one who saves,' Lucifer is 'the bringer of light,' Satan is 'adversary,' etc.) Turning Buddhist, I see that all these 'characters' are just people-who see that they are the only ones who can fulfill a role & -who then act to fulfill it.