Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted

Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted Review

The devil has fallen on hard times. Surveys say that even the majority of Christians doubt Satan’s existence. Burdened by doubts, skeptical believers find themselves divorced from Jesus’ dramatic confrontation with Satan in the Gospels and from the struggle that galvanized the early church.

In Reviving Old Scratch, popular blogger and theologian Richard Beck reintroduces the devil to the modern world with a biblical, bold, and urgent vision of spiritual warfare: we must resist the devil by joining the kingdom of God’s subversive campaign to interrupt the world with love.

Beck shows how conservative Christians too often overspiritualize the devil and demons, and progressive Christians reduce these forces to social justice issues. By understanding evil as a very real force in the world, we are better able to name it for what it is and thus to combat it as Jesus did.

Beck’s own work in a prison Bible study and at a church for recovering addicts convinced him to take Satan more seriously, and they provide compelling illustrations as he challenges the contemporary—and strangely safe—versions of evil forces. The beliefs of liberals and conservatives alike will be tested by Beck’s groundbreaking ideas, fascinating stories, and clear thinking. Because if Jesus took Satan seriously, says Beck, then so should we.

Title:Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Aeisele

    This is a book about spiritual warfare for a very specific audience: Christians who have become wary of the notion of the devil, or who simply don't think or attempt to deal with the question anymore....

  • David

    Richard Beck is an author I wish was more popular in the Christian publishing industry. His books such as Unclean and The Slavery Unto Death are both brilliant works combining theology and psychology....

  • Paul

    UPDATE 12/1/17: I reread this book as part of a class I taught on it at church, and really gained an appreciation for how original Beck's arguments are; the class, mainly filled with people who have t...

  • Marc

    Dr Beck's book is Theologically well- rounded and written in an engaging Narrative style. The anecdotes he relates and the vehicle he uses to contextualise them (Greg Boyd's Warfare Worldview) are ve...

  • Jennifer

    Accessible without being condescending (I see now that Beck is a professor of psychology and not theology, which may explain that). I felt like we are on exactly the same page and yet I leaned so much...

  • Robert D. Cornwall

    Do you believe in the devil? Most progressive Christians likely will find that to be a strange question. We live in a largely disenchanted world. Angels and demons, spiritual beings, etc. don't mesh w...

  • Mike

    Excellent book for doubters on the subject of evil, and what kind of face(s) it takes. Not a new one, for the modern world, but the same old one that has harassed humankind since time began. Beck is o...

  • Mark Johnson

    Both conservatives and progressives are too limited in their view of evil!This book explores that both the conservative (emphasis on individual circumstances of evil) and progressive (emphasis on syst...

  • Erin Henry

    I can't recommend this book enough. Someone please read it and call me so we can talk about it!Such a great book for doubters or steadfast believers, progressives or conservatives. Beck explains how t...

  • Luke Magnuson

    "Spiritual warfare is putting love where there is no love. It is the action of grace in territory controlled by the devil, being true to love in a world that is cold and lonely and mean. It is the kin...