2.8: Demons: Is it absurd to believe in them?

A discussion with Alan Padgett on the demonic as found in the Bible (Old and New Testament) and approaches to evil in Christian history and in contemporary life. 


In episode 8 of season 2, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Alan Padgett, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, about the demons: Is it absurd to believe in them?

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Exodus 1
  • 2 Chronicles 21
  • Job 1
  • Isaiah 14
  • Ezekiel 28
  • Daniel 10

Topics and themes mentioned

  • Evil
  • Pharaoh
  • Jesus tempted by Satan
  • King of Tyre
  • King of Babylon
  • Jesus cast out demons and unclean spirits
  • Lucifer: Light Bearer
  • Structural and social evil
  • Baptismal exorcism

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by


Alan Padgett