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Unformatted text preview: Demian's next attack on orthodox Christianity hits Sinclair harder and more personally than any of his previous tirades. Demian sees a serious weakness in any religion which arbitrarily sets up an attitude of attributing all that is good to God and all that is evil to Satan when, in effect, God created the entire world and therefore deserves total responsibility. To make his argument more persuasive to Emil, Demian refers to God as the father of all life and then to the religious and societal repression of all sexual matters. The clergy frequently refers to such matters as being the work of the devil. Demian's suggestion is that all of life should be affirmed and the arbitrary, illogical, and artificial dichotomy dispensed with. Sinclair is now suddenly aware that his secret agony concerning the dark and light worlds is not uniquely his, as he previously thought, but rather a problem common to all humanity. Demian also uniquely his, as he previously thought, but rather a problem common to all humanity....
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- Spring '08