Belial (or Beliaal) is Hebrew for “without value.” He is known as Beliar in Greek.
Evil is generally defined as the opposite of good and is commonly associated with harmful events (such as destructive acts of nature) or conscious wrongdoing (via individual or group behavior). Read articles about evil below.
Is reason the root of all evil? That’s the core theme romantic era poet and artist, William Blake, tackles in his alternative-to-Genesis creation story, The Book of Urizen.
I get a number of requests from people who want to know what resources they should look into as they begin their study of “demonology.”
The struggle between two opposing forces is known as “dualism.” Here’s a breakdown of several types of dualism common to religious writings.
Mastema is another name for Satan in the Book of Jubilees and other non-biblical texts.
Melchiresa is the one of the names for a predominant evil being in several of the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Mephistophiles is the name of the devil in the Faust myths of the late Middle Ages through the Renaissance.
What is evil? Every culture has grappled with defining the term – creating a complex mythology of demons, tricksters and evil spirits in the process. Should evil be used solely for individual or group actions that intentionally cause harm? Or should it also include natural evils like cancer, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions that cause mass destruction. Does evil exist as a fundamental part of the human psyche or is it enforced by supernatural beings like Satan, demons, etc?
Is someone born evil or are they nurtured to become evil?