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Satanology

Post by Witness » Mon Sep 12, 2016 3:11 am

Journal for the Study of the New Testament wrote:Diabolical Data: A Critical Inventory of New Testament Satanology


Abstract

This study counts references to Satan in the NT, by any designation. First, all candidate texts are surveyed. These include occurrences of the words σατανᾶς and διάβολος (with and without the article) and 30 other terms which potentially refer to Satan, descriptively or allegorically. Having laid ground rules for counting potential references in close proximity, candidate texts in which the referent is uncertain are analysed exegetically to decide whether they do refer to Satan. These include texts in which σατανᾶς or διάβολος occurs without the article and texts in which neither σατανᾶς nor διάβολος occurs. Through exegesis, a final count of 137 references to Satan in the NT is obtained. An alternative, probability-weighted approach estimates the number at 129.2. In either case, the total is strikingly greater than a simple summation of instances of σατανᾶς and διάβολος.
http://jnt.sagepub.com/content/39/1/40?etoc (article downloadable)

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Re: Satanology

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 28, 2016 3:40 pm

The Telegraph wrote:'Emergency' need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic

Exorcists are in urgent demand as a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in Satanism and the occult, experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US said.

Speaking in tongues, levitating and vomiting nails may seem far-fetched to most people, but church experts insist there is a need to recruit more priests as exorcists in order to combat sorcery and black magic.

Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, which is endorsed by the Vatican, described as an “emergency” the lack of priests capable of fighting the forces of evil.

“The lack of exorcists is a real emergency. There is a pastoral emergency as a result of a significant increase in the number of diabolical possessions that exorcist priests are confronting,” he told La Stampa newspaper.
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He called for the establishment of a permanent training college or university where Catholic priests would be taught how to counter the malign influence of the Devil. “There doesn’t exist a training institution at university level. We need an interdisciplinary approach in which science collaborates with religion, and psychiatrists work with demonologists and exorcists.”
“We need an interdisciplinary approach in which science collaborates with religion, and psychiatrists work with demonologists and exorcists.” :lmao:



On the other hand:

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Satanic Temple brings after-school club to Portland elementary school

In August, the provisional Portland chapter of the national organization of the Satanic Temple began their efforts to bring their After School Satan Club to Nehalem Elementary School. Around the same time, a Seattle chapter of the temple also attempted to bring the program to a school in Washington.

Now, the Portland chapter succeeded in bringing that program to an elementary school inside city limits.

Finn Rezz, one of two heads of the chapter, said via email that the organization has been approved to begin their program, which focuses "on science and rational thinking," on Oct. 19 at Sacramento Elementary School.
http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2016 ... er-sc.html