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The Devil is God's Ape

The Devil is God's Ape


“For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel…Thus is the Devil ever God’s ape.”

Although this is a quotation attributed to Martin Luther, I tried to incorporate it into a recent homily but it didn’t work. So rather than stuff this interesting note into a folder “For Future Use,” I thought I’d share it here.

There’s a much older tradition of monkeys that finds a curious ancestry in Jewish lore. Monkeys and apes are generally symbols of base passion, particularly lust, in Western art.

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