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    God vs. Devil

    A book is called Son of God or Son of the Devil. Why God is without “the” while Devil is with it? Should it be like that traditionally or there is some special meaning if put this way?

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    Quote Originally Posted by shatilof View Post
    A book is called Son of God or Son of the Devil. Why God is without “the” while Devil is with it? Should it be like that traditionally or there is some special meaning if put this way?
    God is the name of the most popular god in English. However, Devil is not a name; he's called Satan, or Lucifer or ... actually I believe his names are legion. But we don't call him just Devil. That should imply that it is not be capitalised unless it's in a title; but you will see it. I'd write, "He's the son of the devil; He's a little devil."

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    Is not it a bit strange: God is a name of a god?

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    Those who believe in only one god refer to him and address him as God. I suppose it's not really a 'name', more a combination of name and title.

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    Re: God vs. Devil

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    Those who believe in only one god refer to him and address him as
    God. I suppose it's not really a 'name', more a combination of name and title.
    Would it be possible to change the title to Son of God or Son of Devil (without the)? Would it be just wrong or would it give a different meaning?

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    Quote Originally Posted by shatilof View Post
    Would it be possible to change the title to Son of God or Son of Devil (without the)? Would it be just wrong or would it give a different meaning?
    You can have the Son of God (The Christian God having only one son), a/the son of a devil (one of many devils) or a/the son of the Devil (Lucifer).

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    You can have
    the Son of God (The Christian God having only one son), a/the son of a devil (one of many devils) or a/the son of the Devil (Lucifer).
    Fascinating

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    If you used a name, you could omit the:
    Son of God or Son of Satan

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    Re: God vs. Devil

    Quote Originally Posted by shatilof View Post
    Would it be possible to change the title to Son of God or Son of Devil (without the)? Would it be just wrong or would it give a different meaning?
    According to some religions, a devil is one of many evil spirits; the Devil is the chief devil, known by many names. When we use "the" we are referring to a specific devil.

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