Meeting Satan Face-to-Face and the Ontology of Anger: Testimony of an Ex-Unitarian

Latest Book by John C. Rankin


May 11, 2019

Dear Friends —

A pre-publication of my latest book will be available sometime in June for private sale as a fundraiser for the TEI. The manuscript is complete (253pp), is written and edited, awaiting the input from some who are named in various of the stories, and then follows 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.
  • I have been ill for some years (adrenal exhaustion and most recently, an intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and finally I am recovering well and soon will be able to return to a healthy schedule in ministry. I have lost so very much income in this time, and need also to return to a healthy financial state in order to prosper in ministry.

Below is a draft of the book cover information, 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.

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.

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 story lines 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

Chapter One – 17: A Unitarian Boy Becomes A Skeptic of Skepticism

Chapter Two – 39: Divine Epiphany in St. Michael’s Chapel

Chapter Three – 47: Meeting Satan Face-to-Face at St. Michael’s Chapel

Chapter Four – 55: The Good Fruit of My Prayer Life

Chapter Five – 63: Self-Deception, Normantown and Jezebel

Chapter Six – 83: In the Face of Massachusetts Politics

Chapter Seven – 96: Demons at Street Level and University Level

Chapter Eight – 112: Exile, Return and Wider Conflict

Chapter Nine – 128: A Most Remarkable Saga

Chapter Ten – 215: Demonic Hatred of the Ten Commandments

Chapter Eleven – 235: Demons at Play in a Professing Atheist

Chapter Twelve – 246: Near Fatal Demonic Attack in Oxford

Postscript – 253: A Friend Who Walked into Dangerous Witchcraft