The Devil: A Biography

Podcast-style audio course - 21 Topics
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Gettysburg College
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The Devil: A Biography

Podcast-style audio course - 21 Topics
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Gettysburg College
Audio Download + Subscription
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Discover the complex role the figure of the Devil plays in our belief systems and culture with award-winning Gettysburg College professor Vernon W. Cisney.

Known by many names—Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Satan, to name but a few—the Devil is universally recognized as the embodiment of pure evil and rebellion in Christianity. Although little is said about this figure in the Bible, the Devil has, throughout history, served as an abstract canvas onto which human beings have projected their greatest fears and adversarial forces. Depictions of the Devil also come complete with the allure and romance that accompanies characters associated with rebellion and transgression.

In this riveting 21-lecture audio series, Prof. Cisney engages an interdisciplinary lens to unveil and explore the mythos around this elusive figure. As you investigate representations of the Devil in texts ranging from the Bible to Rosemary’s Baby<span”>, you’ll learn how the Devil has been invoked in a variety of contexts—political, natural, epidemiological, religious, and moral—to make a myriad of statements about good and evil.

By tracing the figure of the Devil through 4,000 years of historical, religious, philosophical, lite

Discover the complex role the figure of the Devil plays in our belief systems and culture with award-winning Gettysburg College professor Vernon W. Cisney.

Known by many names—Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Satan, to name but a few—the Devil is universally recognized as the embodiment of pure evil and rebellion in Christianity. Although little is said about this figure in the Bible, the Devil has, throughout history, served as an abstract canvas onto which human beings have projected their greatest fears and adversarial forces. Depictions of the Devil also come complete with the allure and romance that accompanies characters associated with rebellion and transgression.

In this riveting 21-lecture audio series, Prof. Cisney engages an interdisciplinary lens to unveil and explore the mythos around this elusive figure. As you investigate representations of the Devil in texts ranging from the Bible to Rosemary’s Baby<span”>, you’ll learn how the Devil has been invoked in a variety of contexts—political, natural, epidemiological, religious, and moral—to make a myriad of statements about good and evil.

By tracing the figure of the Devil through 4,000 years of historical, religious, philosophical, literary, and cinematic portrayals, you’ll better understand the historical-political milieus out of which these depictions and their contextual myths have emerged. You’ll also interrogate your own views on what the presence of evil this figure represents means about the nature of God.

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Professor Vernon W. Cisney hails from Gettysburg College, where he was awarded the Ralph Cavaliere Endowed Teaching Award in 2017. He earned his PhD in philosophy at Purdue University. Prof. Cisney’s research interests lie at the intersection of twentieth-century continental philosophy, religion, literature, film, and politics.

Praise for Prof. Vernon Cisney

“In my thirty-five years of college teaching, I never met a professor more creative, erudite, and engaging than Vern Cisney.  He has the ability, born of hard work and genuine love for his subject, to make the most difficult of topics fascinatingly accessible without sacrificing rigor and insight. He truly is a master teacher!”

–Fr. Kerry Walters, Pastor, Holy Spirit American National Catholic Church

 

“Professor Vern Cisney is one of the best philosophers I know. His impressive prowess in the classroom is supported by a remarkable depth of careful scholarship in print. He is well-loved by his students and deeply respected by his peers. Listeners will find no devil-may-care attitude here but instead the devil deep in the details.”

–Jonathan Beever, Associate Professor of Ethics and Digital Culture, University of Central Florida

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  2. Why Do Bad Things Happen?
  3. Golly Gilgamesh: The Mesopotamian Origins of the Jewish Adversary
  4. Trouble in Paradise: Early Hebrew Appearances of the Adversary
  5. Apocalypse Now: Birth of the Rebel and the Arc of History
  6. The Tempter and Possessor: Satan in the Christian Gospels
  7. The Great Red Dragon and the Prince of this World
  8. Satan as a Political Device
  9. The Image of Satan
  10. Abandon All Hope: Dante’s Infernal Revolution
  11. Better to Reign in Hell Than Serve in Heaven: Paradise Lost
  12. We Sold Our Souls for Rock ‘n Roll: Doctor Faustus and Mephisto
  13. Ceaseless Striving and the Eternal Feminine: Goethe
  14. Satan Visits Salem
  15. The Confidence Man: Herman Melville
  16. The Mysterious Stranger: Mark Twain
  17. The Devil in Ivan Karamazov
  18. Satan in the Soviet Union: Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita
  19. Gonna Get You Baby: Satan Goes to Suburbia
  20. Satan’s Church and Rosemary’s Baby
  21. The New Satanic Panic

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