The Exorcist: Priest performs mass exorcism on hundreds in Ethiopia | Daily Mail Online


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Some 150 people had been queuing up at a church outside the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa in order to meet a local healer whom they believe would be able to free them from ‘demons’.

Source: The Exorcist: Priest performs mass exorcism on hundreds in Ethiopia | Daily Mail Online

Opinion: Scammers and hysteria aside, I do believe in evil, dark spiritual powers and demons. What I find interesting from a sociological perspective is the disconnect among religion, spirituality and psychiatry. Many G7 and other countries afford psychiatry legal power in the courts, yet most psychiatrists would probably smirk if they were told a demon or demons tried to influence people.

However, psychiatry does not define belief in religious truth claims as a disorder, provided a body of believers – like a Church – shares the belief.

This treatment of mysticism, especially as it relates to individual innovators who don’t fit the mold of a given church scene, seems pretty facile and motivated by sociopolitical factors. But most people don’t stop to think about it.

A massive disconnect. And it’s costing us big time. Economically and environmentally.

See https://www.salon.com/2013/03/14/your_tap_water_is_probably_laced_with_anti_depressants_partner/.

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4 comments

  1. Group think and collective delusion. I have just been to an evangelical wedding where most of the congregation are convinced “the lord jesus christ ” walks in their midst. Personally I avoid group think and realise that said “lord” was horrible tortured in Roman Palestine a couple of years ago, was dead, buried, and failed to rise on the third day.

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  2. Well Zeno, I feel it’s important to suspend judgement as much as possible. Perhaps those evangelicals shared a feeling of what they see as “The Holy Spirit” so use the imagery of Jesus “walking” with them. That is, they believe they feel Jesus among them.

    Now, if you are not having that experience (or interpreting it as they do), of course you will see their claims as questionable.

    What I find most interesting is how different Christians claim to be guided by “The Holy Spirit” while clashing with each other. Possibly some (or all) are guided by forces lesser than The Holy Spirit.

    But again, this will probably seem like rubbish to you if you do not experience nor try to order your life according to The Holy Spirit (my interpretation, of course, is the true one!) 😉

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  3. No, I do not try to order my life according to the holy spirit. I do however try and order my life by the Beatitudes and the Noble Eightfold Path. And the Tao. And Confucius. And Marcus Aurelius and a number of other wise men. It is divinity I dispute. But I do not think that matters. Or at least it does not matter to me. I am an atheist who would ike to behave well, and in general does. But who also sees the numinous although in a very different form to most.

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