Exorcism in the News


Exorcism is “an adjuration in which the devil is either commanded to depart from a possessed person or forbidden to harm someone. Although commonly referred to as driving the evil spirit from a possessed person, exorcism is essentially the same when used in the case of obsession.”

It’s always interesting to look at exorcism in the news. Below are some things I’ve found from the past week.

In Nigeria, child “witches” are brought to Pentecostal ministers for exorcisms.

The Atlantic says, “Priests are fielding more requests than ever for help with demonic possession.” In today’s cultural environment, it’s not difficult to understand why.

The stairway from the movie The Exorcist may become a historical landmark.

Exorcism is still a draw for audiences. There is an exorcism scene in Netflix’s Sabrina (a show I do NOT recommend) and an evil spirit haunts the workplace of ex-cop Megan Reed in The Possession of Hannah Grace. (Trailer below. Not recommended for children.)

Believe it or not, there is an article on exorcism at the website “How Stuff Works.” It is featured in articles from The Reader’s Digest, the BBC, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Elle, and countless other publications.

Is it just me or do many people who profess no belief in God simultaneously profess some kind of belief in demons? If demons exist, cannot the cure for demons (God) exist also?

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