“The Christians were the first to make the existence of Satan a dogma of the Church. And once that she had established it, she had to struggle for over 1,700 years for the repression of a mysterious force, which it was her policy to make appear of diabolical origin. Unfortunately, in manifesting itself, this force invariably tends to upset such a belief by the ridiculous discrepancy it presents between the alleged cause and the effects.
If the clergy have not over-estimated the real power of the “Arch-Enemy of God”, it must be confessed that he takes mighty precautions against being recognized as the “Prince of Darkness” who aims at our souls. If modern “spirits” are devils at all, as preached by the clergy, then they can only be those “poor” or “stupid devils” whom Max Muller describes as appearing so often in the German and Norwegian tales.
Notwithstanding this, the clergy fear above all to be forced to relinquish this hold on humanity. They are not willing to let us judge of the tree by its fruits, for that might sometimes force them into dangerous dilemmas. They refuse, likewise, to admit, with unprejudiced people, that the phenomena of Spiritualism has unquestionably spiritualized and reclaimed from evil courses many an indomitable atheist and skeptic. But, as they confess themselves, what is the use in a Pope, if there is no Devil?
And so Rome sends her ablest advocates and preachers to the rescue of those perishing in “the bottomless pit”. Rome employs her cleverest writers for this purpose – albeit they all indignantly deny the accusation – and in the preface to every book put forth by the prolific des Mousseaux, the French Tertullian of our century, we find undeniably proofs of the fact.”
H. P. Blavatsky