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Living with the devil : a meditation on good and evil

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2004.
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Whether we are religious or not, the Devil--evil incarnate--is a concept that can still strike fear in our hearts. What if he does exist? What if he is causing all our problems in his determination to keep us from reaching our full potential? Buddhist philosopher Stephen Batchelor takes the concept of the Devil out of literature and history and brings him to life in his many forms and guises: the flatterer, the  Read more...
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Batchelor, Stephen.
Living with the devil.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2004
(OCoLC)607448109
Online version:
Batchelor, Stephen.
Living with the devil.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2004
(OCoLC)608588726
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Batchelor
ISBN: 1573222763 9781573222761
OCLC Number: 54479821
Description: 224 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The God of this age --
Creating a path --
Living with the devil.
Responsibility: Stephen Batchelor.

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Whether we are religious or not, the Devil--evil incarnate--is a concept that can still strike fear in our hearts. What if he does exist? What if he is causing all our problems in his determination to keep us from reaching our full potential? Buddhist philosopher Stephen Batchelor takes the concept of the Devil out of literature and history and brings him to life in his many forms and guises: the flatterer, the playmate, the caring friend, the stranger who offers rest and solace, the person who knows you best and shows you your greatness in the world. And, most of all, as the great obstructer that blocks all paths to goodness and true humility. For the first time, Batchelor fuses Western literature--Milton, Keats, Baudelaire--with Buddhism and the Judeo-Christian traditions in a poetic exploration of the struggle with the concept and reality of evil.--From publisher description.

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