A very interesting post: Night of the Demon. Here’s the premise:
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles Robert Barron has a theory. He suggests that the Church — and perhaps the world at large — is struggling not just against a few disorganized human beings but something more powerful: an evolving, self-programming, viral “demonic element” that is almost impossible to destroy. When Barron says the devil he means just that:
When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice.
I’ve always thought that the Zoroastrians were onto something about the physical presence of evil in the world. But the truly difficult part is to know just which side one is on oneself.
I encourage you to read the entire article and then to continue with the comments as well.