Winter 1944 • Vol. VI No. 1 Book Reviews |

Satan and Denis De Rougemont

La Parte Du Diable by Denis de Rougemont. Brentano's. Proofs for the existence of Satan are as integral a part of a Christian anthropology as proofs for the existence of God, of metaphysics or natural theology. For the doctrine of Original Sin, if it is formulated with any accuracy, lays down a paradox in the genesis of evil which postulates Satan as necessary for its solution. If we interpret the myth of Original Sin within the limits of human reason, it says that a man of himself always tends to act for his own private ends rather than for any reasonable good (and by the correlative doctrine of grace, that any actually reasonable and just action could not be accounted for in terms of what we know of human motives and powers—just as the poet feels that he has hit upon a good verse, or the philosopher, that he is not responsible for the insight which flashed upon him) but that this tendency to do evil has a peculiar status in human nature. For it is not any necessity of his na

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