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“What fascinates us about Satan is the way he expresses qualities that go beyond what we ordinarily recognize as human. Satan evokes more than the greed, envy, lust, and anger we identify with our own worst impulses, and more than what we call brutality, which imputes to human beings a resemblance to animals (‘brutes’). Thousands of years of tradition have characterized Satan instead as a spirit.” —from The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics By Elaine Pagels

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“What fascinates us about Satan is the way he expresses qualities that go beyond what we ordinarily recognize as human. Satan evokes more than the greed, envy, lust, and anger we identify with our own worst impulses, and more than what we call brutality, which imputes to human beings a resemblance to animals (‘brutes’). Thousands of years of tradition have characterized Satan instead as a spirit.”
—from The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics By Elaine Pagels