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"Bedeviled Minds": Reflections on the History of Satanic Thoughts

Oldridge, Darren (2017) "Bedeviled Minds": Reflections on the History of Satanic Thoughts. Synergy: Psychiatric Writing Worth Reading, 24 (13). pp. 1-6.

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In his classic account of Christian awakening, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666),John Bunyan described how the Devil planted evil thoughts in his mind. The spiritual enemy assailed him with “whole floods of blasphemies,both against God, Christ and the scriptures”. These shocking ideas came with unbidden and terrible force; suddenly his mind would be “strangely snatched away” by thoughts that he could not control, which assailed him like “a mighty whirlwind”.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: bedeviled minds, satanic thoughts, psychiatric reading, Devil, evil ideas
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Darren Oldridge
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 13:22
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 13:37

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