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The Biography of Satan
When you install fear, guild and punishment by eternal torture as the basis of society, then the psychological make up of most people get distorted and life in general tends towards structural un-happyness.
However, the doctrine of eternal punishment for unbelievers, executed in a fiery Hell and presided over by a Devil, has been the mainspring and driving force of Christianity. Armed with that belief, the church launched herself upon the Roman Empire, destroyed the pagan religions, extinguished pagan culture, overthrew classical civilization, and pushed the world into the Dark Ages.
She filled the world with religious hate, fanaticism, intolerance of science and reason and even established the Inquisition. The most progressive and independent thinking men and women of society were persecuted, just because they resisted the Christian doctrines of fear, damnation, guild and blind obedience. We saw its anticlimax in the Burning Times.
Apart from this core message of his book, which has not lost anything of its actuality, Graves also provides a lot of historical data. Giving us insight in the origins of the many false assumptions the Christian faith build its’ empire on. He shows that, mythologically, the God of the Old Testament and the Devil of the New Testament were “originally twin brothers known by the same titles”, and that this God and this Devil were Chaldean sun-gods. The origins of the Devil, eternal punishment, Heaven and Hell are discussed, as well as evil itself within this context.
About the author
Kersey Graves was born in Brownsville, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1813 and past away on September 4, 1883 in Richmond, Indiana. That is physically, as this flamboyant skeptic, God-critic, rationalist, spiritualist, reformist writer, who gained so much popularity among the 19th century American free thought circuit, still manages to stir up the moods. His devastating comments on the Christian foundations and assumptions are still feared by those God-fearing believers who sold their soul to this religion, and Graves’ controversial books are still quoted and debated. The occasional modern historian who criticizes Graves historical research is mostly right. However, this offers the Christian believer little comfort. The point is, Graves cannot be solely commented on from the historical perspective alone. The latter would make him an easy victim of modern historians who hold the (rather extreme and ungrounded) vision, that every historical book written before 1950 is virtually worthless in the 21st century.
Graves and his legacy are simply too big for academic shortcuts. The authors’ main objective was not primarily centered around academic aspirations. Instead, he wrote passionately about his subjects as the Bible, Christ, Satan and church dogmas, from the perspective of a socially engaged researcher, using the historical data of his time as a plaster, in search for uninvestigated, denied or repressed truths beyond our “taken for granted-Christianity”.
For a better understanding of his argumentation and style a little insight in his Quaker background is invaluable.
Read more about Kersey Graves in the post scriptum of The Biography of Satan.