5.115: Who Is the Devil (Part Two: Did God create the Devil? Why would God do that?)

Today our theologians will be answering the listener-submitted question, "Did God create the Devil? Why would God do that?"

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Welcome back to season five of Enter the Bible, a podcast in which we share “Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bible…but were afraid to ask.”

In episode 16 of season 5, our hosts are joined by Jeremy L. Williams. Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of the New Testament at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Today our theologians will be answering the listener-submitted question, “Who Is the Devil? (Part Two: Did God create the Devil? Why would God do that?)”

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Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Job
  • Revelation

Topics, themes, and figures mentioned

  • Satan
  • Beelzebub
  • Demonic Force
  • Spiritual Force
  • Neoliberalism
  • Kyriarchy
  • Post-Enlightenment
  • Holocaust
  • Climate Crisis
  • The Apostles Creed

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Jeremy L. Williams

Rev. Jeremy L. Williams, Ph.D. is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on racialization and criminalization in Acts of the Apostles at Harvard University. Dr. Williams is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated with Highest Honors in Religious Studies and Economics from Vanderbilt University, and he earned the M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School. Rev. Williams is ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He has served in ministry for almost 20 years and as lead pastor of two congregations in Connecticut. He is also a national awardee of his honorable fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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