Centring the Old Scratch

Devilpalooza 2016 was a live joint podcast by Homebrewed Christianity and Newsworthy with Norsworthy. As the title suggests it is about how to approach the topic of demons  The whole discussion is based of Richard Becks interestingly titled book, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted. What interests me about the discussion which really kicks off around the 21 minute mark is not that it revives the reality of the demonic. I live in a culture where such beliefs are taken for granted and I have had personal encounters with such dark forces. The problem in my part off the world is we believe too much in them. Coming from another culture they offer a different perspective to what I am used to which helps balance out the discussion on the matter. When it comes to dealing with demons we need to keep it centred on the truth and not veer off towards two equally dangerous extremes. C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters puts it beautifully,

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.


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