As these examples from my own work as a skeptical demonologist show, belief in demons and the Devil merely harks back to a time of ignorance and superstition. We may well wonder—if we are to use the word at all—what has possessed the Roman Catholic Church to believe, or pretend to believe, otherwise.
…and with that, Joe Nickell officially solidifies his position of a Grade A badass in my book.
For those unwilling to read this brilliant and short breakdown of some of the more ridiculous aspects of Christian superstition, I’ll save you some time. There is no devil. There are no demons. Belief in either is sad, misguided, irrational and completely useless (except at allowing a believer to absolve oneself of responsibility for his or her actions).