After Thrower described what the devil look like. ("horns of a bull.....claws of bear....hooves of a goat... his voice is the roar of a ravening lion.") Alvin respons, " And you call us superstitious."(Ch13 pag 209,210)
Superstitious. A belief, not based on human reason or scientific knowledge. They believe the devil is live and destroy some people life. People don't think of that when they don't "believe" in anything then blame the fault on the devil. Many profess Christianity and claim to believe the Bible—reject the idea that a real Devil exists. Like The broken mirror with its bad luck, the ladder, or the black cat. Like the moment you sneeze, the person besides you has to come up with "god bless", is same thing.