This phrase from “The Lord’s Prayer”implies there is a literal Satan. While the idea of the literal Devil has lost ground in the U. S. over the two centuries, it remains a concept with lots of juice.
Having personally abandoned the concept of Satan long ago, it struck me a very odd that a Presidential Candidate, Rick Santorum, would say in stump speeches U. S. society is at “war with the Devil.” Because it struck me as odd does not mean it struck his followers the same way. Obviously, millions of people still believe in the literal Devil.
I can’t help but wonder how Santorum, if elected President, would use the literal Satan. When a problem popped up and he had no explanation or solution at hand, would he claim it was the work of “the Devil”?
While President Bush referred to an “axis of evil”, and other Presidents have routinely used Biblical terms, I can’t recall any of them making quite to same literal reference to the Devil as Santorum. An election of Santorum would make complete the transition started under President Bush.
That transition is from a nation governed by a secular government and policies to one engaged in a great battle between God and Satan. To support the President in such a battle is to support God. To not support that President is to support Satan.
More secularism would be refreshing in Republican Party politics.