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Bring back Satan: what the devil tells us about the world we live in—and why we need him now

From Bedazzled to the Simpsons, the devil's role in popular culture is a reflection of who we are

Illustration: Kate Hazell

We need to talk about Satan. The Devil. Beezlebub. Ole Goat Legs. It strikes me that, despite us supposedly living in “dark times,” the prince of darkness is nowhere to be seen. Pop culture, which was once rife with devil references, seems to have lost interest in him completely.

When I was young, in the 1990s and early noughties, you couldn’t move for the amount of Satan that was being thrown your way. Bedazzled, starring Liz Hurley as the devil, was a remake of a 1960s…

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