Religion: His Due

The cleverest wile of Satan is to convince us that he does not exist.

—Baudelaire

The catechism of the Church of England begins with the question: "What did your godparents promise for you at your Baptism?" Over the centuries, millions of tiny Anglicans preparing for Confirmation have lisped and stammered out the awesome answer that begins: "I would renounce the Devil and all his works." A year ago, in a proposed revision of the catechism, the Anglican Archbishops' Commission struck out all mention of Satan. Young believers, the draft suggested, should merely "renounce all that is wrong and fight against evil.''

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