Notes on the weird – XIV

When she did write of evil spirits that attempt to manipulate mankind…she clearly viewed the evil as a real, consuming agency which robbed the individual of his identity; but she also believed that there was an even greater evil than demonic forces – a hidden, insidious evil arising from mean’s desire for scientific knowledge. A demonic spirit could rob an individual of his identity, his soul; an obsession with scientific advancement could do similar damage to society.

Margaret K. Gray on Mrs Oliphant

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