Satan in America: The Devil We Know

  • Title: Satan in America: The Devil We Know
  • Author: W. Scott Poole
  • ISBN: 9780742561717
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Satan in America The Devil We Know Satan in America tells the story of America s complicated relationship with the devil New light evangelists of the eighteenth century enslaved African Americans demagogic politicians and modern Ame
    Satan in America tells the story of America s complicated relationship with the devil New light evangelists of the eighteenth century, enslaved African Americans, demagogic politicians, and modern American film makers have used the devil to damn their enemies, explain the nature of evil and injustice, mount social crusades, construct a national identity, and express anxSatan in America tells the story of America s complicated relationship with the devil New light evangelists of the eighteenth century, enslaved African Americans, demagogic politicians, and modern American film makers have used the devil to damn their enemies, explain the nature of evil and injustice, mount social crusades, construct a national identity, and express anxiety about matters as diverse as the threat of war to the dangers of deviant sexuality The idea of the monstrous and the bizarre providing cultural metaphors that interact with historical change is not new Poole takes a new tack by examining this idea in conjunction with the concerns of American religious history The book shows that both the range and the scope of American religiousness made theological evil an especially potent symbol Satan appears repeatedly on the political, religious, and cultural landscape of the United States, a shadow self to the sunny image of American progress and idealism.

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    1. Poole's book is organized around lecture notes, I imagine. Why? Because he covers a ton of ground in very few pages all structured to support his major thesis. The thesis is interesting and well argued. Poole provides many, many examples of how America's conception and relationship to the Devil/Evil is a complex maze of nationalism, finger-pointing accusation, and a real sense of "anti" morality. American evangelicalism has always been conservative and financially manipulative, but Poole argues [...]

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    2. As the title indicates, this book is about the perception of the Devil in America. Poole is an insightful historian who knows how to choose interesting episodes and events to illustrate his points. Not exactly a primer on Satanism, this book will provide more than just conventional information about the prince of darkness. Naturally, I wrote further comments about it on my blog: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

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    3. This is a chronological history of how American society has used the devil as a scapegoat, excuse, motivator, entertainment, and political tool. i would say it is very interesting and enlightening. This phantom still lurks around every corner of our culture.

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    4. Well written, and I enjoyed that there was a lot of good content that was not repetative of other books on this topic.

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    5. Not as good as I had hoped. I was reading primarily for info on the "satanic panic" when people were seeing satanic cults everywhere and its relation to the recovered memory or false memory syndrome. The early chapters, a historical/sociological look at belief in the devil in America, we're good. This book also has a good bibliography.

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    6. Assigned reading freshman year of college, Dr. Poole was my professor.

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    7. A bit difficult to read at times, but a really interesting book about the religious relationship with the devil that America has. It also explains a lot.

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    8. some decent parts, gets a little long near the end.

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    9. Wow! Best dose of perspective out there

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