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God and Other SpiritsIntimations of Transcendence in Christian Experience$
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Phillip Wiebe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140125

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195140125.001.0001

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Intimations of Evil?

Intimations of Evil?

(p.7) 1 Intimations of Evil?
God and Other Spirits

Phillip Wiebe (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In this chapter the evidence is examined from biblical history, the Ante-Nicene Church, the medieval world, and from contemporary experience in apparent support of the phenomena of demonic possession and exorcism. Attention is given to the peculiar but meaningful utterances associated with alleged demonization, including instances of “voices” from biblical literature and contemporary experience that suggest dissociative identity disorder. The significance of the incident in the synoptic gospels in which evil spirits are described as having been expelled from men into swine—demonic contagion—is examined in detail, with a view to demonstrating how the causal role given to the evil spirits allows them to be contextually defined without speculating further on their ultimate ontological character.

Keywords:   Demonic possession, Evidence, Voices, Exorcism, Biblical, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Evil Spirits

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