What do Christians & witch doctors have in common?

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryThomas Farrar, previously a Christadelphian, not only believes in a literal supernatural satan and demons, but also believes in the efficacy and value of traditional African witch doctors. In this correspondence with a Christadelphian, Thomas explains the reason for his position. Furthermore, by denying the […] 

Steve Cox & the ‘angels which sinned’

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryThomas Farrar has written three critiques of Christadelphian commentators Steve Cox’s article on ‘the angels which sinned’ in 2 Peter and Jude. Cox’s article can be found here; Farrar’s three articles can be found here, here, and here. Two of Farrar’s articles are examined in […] 

The temptation of Christ: a ten point idiosyncratic interpretation

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryEx-Christadelphian Tom Farrar has written a ten point interpretation of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, aimed at supporting his personal satanology. The list is idiosyncratic in that it makes various arguments which are unique to Farrar, and which are contradicted or dismissed in […] 

Who says “The devil made me do it”?

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryEx-Christadelphian Tom Farrar has written an article objecting to the way Christadelphians characterize mainstream Christian comments about the role of Satan in their life. Over time, in discussions with Christadelphians, I have repeatedly encountered the accusation that Christians who affirm the existence of a personal devil […] 

New Testament satanology & rabbinic literature

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryEx-Christadelphian Tom Farrar has written an article discussing the relevance of post-Christian rabbinic literature to the satanology of the New Testament and early Christianity. His article contains some useful information, but also contains some highly misleading statements. How relevant is rabbinic literature to an understanding […] 

When demonology fails: strategies of denial

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryIt is significant that many Christians who profess a belief in demons, act as if they do not. They usually treat illnesses as if they were natural in origin (rather than supernatural), including those illnesses which the New Testament writers apparently attributed to demonic possession. […] 

Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Satan & demons: Thomas Farrar's commentaryIn response to an eight part study I wrote on Christ’s temptation in the wilderness, Tom Farrar has written a four part response to just one of my arguments. I address all four parts of his response in this article. Part one: midrash & historical […]