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”Då sade han till dem: »Jag såg Satan falla ned från himmelen såsom en ljungeld.

– Lukas 10:18


”Satan is not necessarily destroyed. He fell but he remains on the earth. In other words, Satan was trancendecent; he was a celestial power. Now that he has fallen to earth, he is no longer a source of order, only of disorder. Luke does not say that Satan was abolished. On the contrary, because of his fall, Satan is now much nearer to human beings. This is how the passage in Luke (10:18) is to be understood.”

– René Girard, från The One by Whom Scandal Comes (sid 53).