Learn about Diabolology – The person and kingdom of Satan :
THESE lectures were written in the hope that they might contribute, in some degree at least, to the removal of error, and the firmer confirmation of faith in the important doctrines of which they treat. Assailed by materialistic philosophy on one hand, unnumbered attempts have been made to explain away by resorting to metaphor or personification, what heretofore had been accepted as actual truth ; and overwhelmed on the other by sarcasm and ridicule, the whole subject of Diabolic personality has been summarily thrust aside as unworthy of serious consideration. Hence the attitude assumed by numbers, even of otherwise orthodox Christians, is one of determined opposition. So intense, and unreasoning, this opposition has been in some instances, as to justify an application to them of the words of Goethe,
” They would not believe that it was the devil, Even though he had them by the throat.” Modern opposition traces its descent through the German rationalists to its origin in the Cartesian philosophy. By Belthasar Bekker, a disciple of Des Cartes, the theory of accommodation was invented, and introduced into the German church by Semler, who also edited the ” Letters on Demoniacs ” by Hugh Farmer. Bekker and Semler had confined the theory of accommodation mainly to demonology ; but Kant carried the principle to its logical conclusion, by maintaining that Satan himself was only a personification of evil, as did Erhard and others. The theologians of the English Church, accepting the doctrine of a personal Satan as a part of their Catholic inheritance, have given but little attention to its consideration and defence ; while American writers who have touched on the subject, have been mainly echoes of the German Neologists.