Conference: Annihilating Evil

Dear Colleagues,The following online conference hosted by the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński in Warsaw may be of interest to you. Attached please find the conference programme and the abstracts. The link is also in the conference programme. Please contact the organisers directly with any questions.

Annihilating Evil: Scenes of Fighting, Slaying, Trampling and Binding Bad Forces in Art

Date: 4 November 2022
Time: 14.00 – 22.00 CET
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Christianity is a religion based on love because “Love is of God” [1 John 4: 8]. In this world full of love evil appears, its source being the rebellion of the fallen angels. It is spread by Satan and the insidious forces, perversely harassing mortals, so that unable to protect themselves, they turn to God, the angels and the saints for help. To overcome the evil powers, they have to be annihilated: trampled underfoot, pierced with a spear or tied up. There is no mercy in this struggle, it must be final, because evil has to be defeated and prevented from recovering. Hence the expressiveness of scenes of a ruthless and ultimate battle with evil.

The aim of the conference is to discuss various aspects of the fight against evil in art and literature, from pre-Christian to modern times. The conference is mainly about Eastern Christianity. It takes into account not only the Christian slayers of evil, but also their predecessors: Osiris, Mithras and Perseus. The papers are arranged to show the overlapping and intermingling of different traditions over the centuries.