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A History of Exorcism in Catholic ChristianityIntroduction

A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity: Introduction [It is likely that there are now more books in print on the subject of Catholic exorcism than at any time in history. They range from journalistic investigations, both sympathetic and hostile, to warnings about the power of the devil and instructions on how the laity can participate in casting out Satan and his demonic servants. Exorcism is widely and freely discussed by twenty-first-century Catholics, and the secular media’s appetite for exorcists and stories of exorcism is seemingly insatiable. If the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were ‘the golden age of the demoniac’, the twenty-first century is a second golden age of the exorcist. After three centuries of sustained scrutiny and suspicion from within and without the church, exorcism has proved to be a dark yet enduring feature of Catholic culture. Exorcism is in demand as never before, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and thanks to the global impact of cinema, the figure of the priest-exorcist has come to be recognized throughout the world.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A History of Exorcism in Catholic ChristianityIntroduction

Springer Journals — Apr 20, 2016

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
ISBN
978-3-319-29111-6
Pages
1 –26
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-29112-3_1
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Abstract

[It is likely that there are now more books in print on the subject of Catholic exorcism than at any time in history. They range from journalistic investigations, both sympathetic and hostile, to warnings about the power of the devil and instructions on how the laity can participate in casting out Satan and his demonic servants. Exorcism is widely and freely discussed by twenty-first-century Catholics, and the secular media’s appetite for exorcists and stories of exorcism is seemingly insatiable. If the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were ‘the golden age of the demoniac’, the twenty-first century is a second golden age of the exorcist. After three centuries of sustained scrutiny and suspicion from within and without the church, exorcism has proved to be a dark yet enduring feature of Catholic culture. Exorcism is in demand as never before, from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and thanks to the global impact of cinema, the figure of the priest-exorcist has come to be recognized throughout the world.]

Published: Apr 20, 2016

Keywords: Evil Spirit; Early Modern Period; Catholic Church; Magical Formula; Late Antiquity

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