That Angry Darkness: An Ex-Unitarian Meets Satan Face-to-Face

Latest Book by John C. Rankin


June 5, 2019

Dear Friends —

A pre-publication issue of my latest book will be available sometime in late June for private sale as a fundraiser for the TEI. I just have to produce the book cover, and I have to travel to take a picture for it. Next week I hope. Far deeper that phenomenology, it is is a theological diagnosis of the uncontrollable and destructive anger of Satan from Genesis to Revelation, and its impact on all of us.  It adds some unique biblical review (as best I know) and ministers to the soul. The manuscript is complete (254pp), awaiting the production of the book cover.

  • For $150 in support for the TEI (, a signed copy will be available until formal publication. And if you are not yet a member of, you will thus also qualify.

Below is a draft of the opening paragraphs on the Introduction, followed by the chapter contents.

All blessings in Jesus —



Opening paragraphs:

About May Day, 1972, a friend and I met Satan face-to-face in South Kent, Connecticut. As a result, I have been assaulted until a most dangerous climax on the 2018 Spring Equinox in Oxford, England; and seeking to put to rest the final reverberations.

This is not a book about phenomenology per se, but far deeper. It reveals the ontology – the being, the nature – of Satan himself, one of destructive anger. And of its surprising impact that reveals a theology of male anger.

Now, often I am told how academic I write or speak, and I do not make denial. But too, this is in service to knowing the biblical storyline and its interface with all human literature. When we can read our own storylines into the biblical storyline, we became that much more alive. I love to tell stories as I seek to connect each one of us with the one true Story. This too I am often told.

In the fall of 2018, while teaching a class on Genesis 1-19, I set out to translate the whole text afresh. When I arrived at Genesis 3:1, I was astounded at what I had passed over before. Of the 26 English translations of this text I have read, beginning with the major ones, they all say the same in the second clause, in reference to the serpent: “… he said to the woman …”

But none of them attempt to translate one word here in the Hebrew text – ap. It is a homonym (a word that has the same spelling and same pronunciation, but more than one meaning). The first possibility is a particle conjunction of sequential or emotional intensification – “also” or “even” or “indeed.” The second possibility is a noun which means “anger,” from the verb anap, “to be angry.” I am now convinced it is the latter, dynamically so, and this should sustain itself as we proceed.




Introduction – 4: A Biblical Sketch of Satan’s Angry Nature

Chapter One – 19: A Unitarian Boy Becomes A Skeptic of Skepticism

Chapter Two – 41: Divine Epiphany in St. Michael’s Chapel

Chapter Three – 49: Meeting Satan Face-to-Face at St. Michael’s Chapel

Chapter Four – 57: The Good Fruit of My Prayer Life

Chapter Five – 65: Self-Deception, Normantown and Jezebel

Chapter Six – 85: In the Face of Massachusetts Politics

Chapter Seven – 98: Demons at Street Level and University Level

Chapter Eight – 114: Exile, Return and Wider Conflict

Chapter Nine – 130: A Most Remarkable Saga

Chapter Ten – 217: Demonic Hatred of the Ten Commandments

Chapter Eleven – 237: Demons at Play in a Professing Atheist

Chapter Twelve – 248: Near Fatal Demonic Attack in Oxford