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The Devil to Pay: A Stage Play

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In this play, Dorothy L. Sayers reworked the legend of Faustus as a serious 'comedy, ' presenting Faustus as one who chooses wicked means as an end to an admirable goal: the relief of suffering (while becoming entirely focused on his own supposed satisfactions). In the last scene, in the Court of Heaven, Azrael, angel of the souls of the dead, claims Faustus' soul, opposin ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Wipf & Stock Publishers
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Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story of Dr. Faustus and Mephistopheles in play form, with some interesting theological discussions thrown in. The conversation between Faustus and Mephistopheles about the problem of evil and God's tyranny is spot on, and later on the Pope gives a suitable reply to the argument. ...more
Meghan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
The Devil to Pay was fascinating, but ultimately just a bit disappointing.

There were so many incredible questions raised regarding the nature of God and evil, and Sayers attempts to answer all of them, but in my opinion no conclusion was fully satisfying. The greatest question of the drama, I think, was asked by Mephistopheles: "and what, pray, would become of religion if there were no such thing as suffering?"

It is this question that plagues Faustus, and it is because of the suffering of othe
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Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned British author, translator, student of classical and modern languages, and Christian humanist.

Dorothy L. Sayers is best known for her mysteries, a series of novels and short stories set between World War I and World War II that feature English aristocrat and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. However, Sayers herself considered her translation of Dante's Divina Co
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