That Darn Devil
Should Satan be a bigger part of mainstream Christian beliefs?
The Devil should remain a marginal part of Christian doctrine for two reasons. First, the most difficult temptation is very personal. If the Devil visited me tonight, I would not have a problem saying no to him, whatever he said. It is when the temptations come from my own mind (or my friends') that it is hard to say no. Second, people choose to do evil not the devil. Blaming the devil for evil or temptation misses the point and risks abdicating our individual responsiblity for choosing it.
Errata: This post was prompted by a conversation with a Seventh Day Adventist.