Death of Satan : How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil

ISBN-10: 0374524866
ISBN-13: 9780374524869
Edition: N/A
Authors: Andrew Delbanco
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Description: In a spiritual biography of America, Delbanco shows how writers of the past 3 centuries have depicted evil and how they have tried to defy and subdue it. He shows the strategies by which writers such as Cotton Mather, Jefferson and Lincoln, Emerson  More...

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List price: $13.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In a spiritual biography of America, Delbanco shows how writers of the past 3 centuries have depicted evil and how they have tried to defy and subdue it. He shows the strategies by which writers such as Cotton Mather, Jefferson and Lincoln, Emerson and Melville, Thoreau and Whitman, Niebuhr and Trilling, Rachel Carson and Susan Sontag, have recognized and done battle with evil. One way of talking about evil is to demonize and satanize it, understanding evil as something remote. But Satan is sometimes a symbol of our own deficient love, our potential for envy and rancor toward creation. We have always been engaged in a contest between these 2 ways of understanding evil.

Introductionp. 3
The Old Enemy Comes to the New Worldp. 23
The Devil in the Age of Reasonp. 57
The Birth of the Selfp. 91
The Loss of Providencep. 125
The Age of Blamep. 155
The Culture of Ironyp. 185
Prospectsp. 219
Notesp. 237
Acknowledgmentsp. 263
Indexp. 265
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