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The Political History Of The Devil

Author: Daniel Defoe
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 0486810534
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Irreverent and ironic, this 1726 satire by the author of Robinson Crusoe examines the evolution of evil and the rise of the historical force known as "the devil." Daniel Defoe's passionate and perceptive survey starts with Satan's origins, chronicling the devil's presence in the Bible and his growing sway over humanity. An overview of satanic influences on eighteenth-century life follows, focusing on monarchs and tyrants as well as common folk. Defoe supports his arguments not only with extensive quotes from scripture but also with citations from other sources, including Milton's Paradise Lost. Written at the dawn of the Enlightenment, this treatise recaptures a moment in time when widespread certainty of the devil's existence was dwindling. Defoe, a firm believer, posits that the devil reacted to the changing times by shifting his influence from the supernatural realm of witches and wizards to the ordinary world of "beaus, beauties, wits, and fools." This intriguing view of politics and society during the 1700s offers a vivid contemporary portrait of a culture torn between theology and reason.

Political History Of The Devil 1841

Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
ISBN: 9780766145894
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Found herein are Volumes 1 and 2 of The Political History of the Devil, as Well Ancient as Modern. The author aims at giving a true history of this tyrant, to show what he is and what he is not, where he is and where he is not, when he is in us and when he is not. This is an impartial account of the Devil throughout time. Volume 1 discusses the ancient history of the Devil from creation to as far as Christian times, while Volume 2 continues with the story from that point forward.

The Political History Of The Devil As Well Ancient As Modern In Two Parts Part I Containing A State Of The Devil S Circumstances And The Various

Author: Daniel Defoe
Publisher: Palala Press
ISBN: 9781378146736
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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

The Political History Of The Devil Volume 10

Author: Daniel Defoe
Publisher: Theclassics.Us
ISBN: 9781230296357
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAP. VII. Whether is most hurtful to the world, the Devil walking about without his cloven foot, or the cloven foot walking about without the Devil? In discussing this most critical distinction of Satan's private motions, I must, as the pulpit gentlemen direct us, explain the text, and let you know what I mean by several dark expressions in it, that I may not be understood to talk (as the Devil walks) in the dark. 1. As to the Devil's walking about. 2. His walking without his cloven foot. 3. The cloven foot walking about without the Devil. Now as I study brevity, and yet would be understood too, you may please to understand me as I understand myself, thus: 1. That I must be allowed to suppose the Devil really has a full intercourse in, and through, and about this globe, with egress and regress, for the carrying on his special affairs, when, how, and where, to his majesty, in his great wisdom, it shall seem meet; that sometimes he appears and becomes visible, and that, like a mastiff without his clog, he does not always carry his cloven foot with him. This will necessarily bring me to some debate upon the most important question of apparitions, hauntings, walkings, &c., whether of Satan in human shape, or of human creatures in the Devil's shape, or in any other manner whatsoever. 2. I must also be allowed to tell you that Satan has a great deal of wrong done him by the general embracing vulgar errors, and that there is a cloven foot oftentimes without a devil; or, in short, that Satan is not guilty of all the simple things, no, or of all the wicked things, we charge him with. These two heads, well settled, will fully explain the title of this chapter, answer the query mentioned in it, and, at the same time, correspond very well with, and...