The History of the Devil: As Well Ancient as Modern

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The Floating Press, Nov 1, 2012 - Philosophy - 401 pages
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This fascinating volume from the author of such influential novels as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders offers an analytical take on the figure of Satan. Although Defoe offers a comprehensive history of the symbolic and literary significance of the devil, he also believes that the devil plays an active and direct role in determining the course of world events, which he outlines in great detail. All in all, it's a must-read for those interested in theology and the development of the Christian worldview.
 

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Contents

Chapter I
194
Chapter II Of Hell as it is Represented to Us and How the Devil is to Be Understood
207
Chapter III Of the Manner of Satans Acting and Carrying on His Affairs in this World
217
Chapter IV Of Satans Agents or Missionaries
227
Chapter V Of the Devils Management in the Pagan Hierarchy
245
Chapter VI Of the Extraordinary Appearance of the Devil and Particularly of the ClovenFoot
264
Chapter VII Whether is Most Hurtful to the World?
280
Chapter VIII Of the ClovenFoot Walking About the World Without the Devil
312

Chapter VI What Became of the Devil and His Host of Fallen Spirits After Their Being Expelld from Heaven
83
Chapter VII Of the Number of Satans Host
92
Chapter VIII Of the Power of the Devil at the Time of the Creation of this World
101
Chapter IX Of the Progress of Satan in Carrying on His Conquest Over Mankind
117
Chapter X Of the Devils Second Kingdom
135
Chapter XI Of Gods Calling a Church Out of the Midst of a Degenerate World
162
PART II OF THE MODERN HISTORY OF THE DEVIL
193
Chapter IX Of the Tools the Devil Works With
334
Chapter X Of the Various Methods the Devil Takes to Converse with Mankind
346
Chapter XI Of Divination Sorcery the BlackArt Pawawing and Such Like Pretenders to Devilism
370
The Conclusion Of the Devils Last Scene of Liberty and What May Be Supposed to Be His End
395
Endnotes
400
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Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London, England on September 13, 1660. He changed his surname in 1703, adding the more genteel "De" before his own name to suggest a higher social standing. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. His writings covered a wide range of topics. His novels include Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Roxana, Captain Singleton, and Colonel Jack. He wrote A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, which is an important source of English economic life, and ghost stories including A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal. He also wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. He was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. He died on April 24, 1731.

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