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wide surface of the human race, from its origin down to the present hour.
Of the professional ministers of religion there are many who, exercising their functions in the spirit of the Lord Jesus, hold high rank among "the salt of the earth." Such men, whatever their creed, whatever their position, I honour and love. These are not "the priests" whom I censure in some of the following pages. The term is meant to describe a caste, a power, a direction of clerical agency which thinks more of itself than its avowed Master, and labours for what is called "the Church" rather than for the real interests of beings who cannot be well off hereafter except so far as, in the true sense, they are well off here. To this professionalism the downfall of Satan would be ruinous. But then, under any circumstances, the reign of the priest cannot last very long in such days of light, liberty and moral power, as are already printed in God's Great Year Book; and every true disciple of Christ will rejoice in the prospect of that copious outpouring of the Divine Spirit, which, neglecting all human "orders,” ranks and distinctions, shall establish the universal priesthood of humanity, by fulfilling the promise given by the lips of Joel and repeated by those of Peter: "I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy (teach religion), and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, and on my servants and my handmaidens I will pour out of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy" (Joel ii. 28, 29; Acts ii. 17).
JOHN R. BEARD.
ASHTON-ON-MERSEY, NEAR MANCHESTER,
Section 1. Logical Genesis of the Idea of Satan.-Section 2. Exclu-
sive Prevalence of the Dark Side of the Dualism.-Section 3. The
Dualism is thrown into Confusion by Ecclesiasticism.--Section 4.
Extreme Credulity the Channel through which Belief in a Personal
Devil has been propagated.-Section 5. The Creative Power of the
Imagination has contributed to Belief in a Personal Devil; the
Fact illustrated from Dante and Milton.-Section 6. Fear engen-
ders Mental Deceptions, including Belief in a Personal Devil; the
Terrifying Pulpit; the Heralds' College of Demonology; Satanic
THE OLD TESTAMENT: THE SHEMITIC OR HEBREW ELEMENT
Section 1. The strict Monotheism of the Religion of Moses.-Sec-
tion 2. Devilism condemned in the Old Testament.-Section 3.
The first Account of Creation ignores Satan.-Section 4. Satan in
the Book of Job.-Section 5. The Four remaining Passages of the
Old Testament in which the word Satan is used considered: Con-
THE JEWISH ELEMENT AS SEEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA ;
ALEXANDRINE DEMONOLOGY; JOSEPHUS; THE PSEUDEPIGRAPHS OF
THE OLD TESTAMENT; THE BOOK OF ENOCH; THE TALMUD AND
Section 1. Jude; the Apocalypse; the Epistle of Peter; the Epis-
tles of Paul; the Epistle of James; the Book of Acts.-Section 2.
Section 1. The Apostolical Fathers: Clemens Romanus; Polycarp;
the Epistle of Barnabas; the Pastor of Hermas.-Section 2. The
Section 1. How Eve fell the Mohamedan Fable.-Section 2. The
Devils withstand the Apostle Andrew in "the City of Man-eaters."
MY CONNECTION WITH THE PHILOSOPHERS: APOLLONIUS OF TYANA,
THE PAGAN CHRIST: TURNING TABLES AND RAPPING SPIRITS IN