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Book Review: Satan: A Biography


Perhaps it was just because I was writing a paper that remained very focused on a couple of points, but I found Satan: A Biography to be pretty unimpressive, despite all the rave reviews I’d received from people whose tastes I generally share. The book seemed underresearched and too ready to pick up on unproven theories; Ansgar Kelly seemed to be well-read on the surface, but once he began talking about a topic in depth, it became evident that he hadn’t read as much as he probably should have if he was aiming to produce a definitive biography of Satan.


Maybe I’m just biased, maybe we’ve just read different books: but I felt this lacked a certain amount of scholarly credence which is necessary for an academic working in a religious minefield.

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