This is completely in line with Christian theology, that the devil cannot create, he can only corrupt, destroy and bring about spiritual death.
Denethor and Boromir are pure examples of men with good intentions but are lead astray through pride and despair and weakness. Both come to unfortunate ends due to their trust in their own strength.
• Boromir believes he won't be corrupted by the Ring.
• Denethor believed he has the strength to use the Palantir.
Sauron wanted to be God. He desired to dominate the wills of others. Tolkien said that the story was,
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