Learn about The devil his origin, greatness, and decadence :
Among fallen majesties whom Time, still more than sudden revolutions, has compelled to descend slowly from the thrones they occupied, there are few whose prestige has been as imposing and as prolonged as that of the king of hell, SATAN. In speaking of him, we may safely use the expression, fallen majesty ; for those among our contemporaries who still profess belief in his existence and power, live absolutely as if they held no such belief, we shall presently see how those lived who did seriously believe in the devil, and when faith and life are no longer in harmony, we have a right to say that faith is dead. I am speaking of course, of our educated contemporaries ; the rest can no longer be taken into consideration in the history of the human mind. To give a general view of the belief in a devil, with an account of its transformations and evolution, will, we think, be interesting. It affords well-nigh a biography. An opportunity of doing this is afforded by a remarkable work for which -we are indebted to a theological professor of Vienna. Notwithstanding its occasional diffuseness, Professor Roskoff’s book is an encyclopaedia of all that concerns the subject ; and the author will not grudge us the aid we shall derive from his treasury of erudition. May the University of Vienna, invigorated by the events which have changed the face of Austria, pay the arrears she owes to European scholarship by producing such books as this !