The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West

Brian P. Levack

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The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West

The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West By Brian P. Levack The Devil Within Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the era of the Reformation thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons In response to their horrifying symptoms violent convulsions disp

  • Title: The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West
  • Author: Brian P. Levack
  • ISBN: 9780300114720
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West By Brian P. Levack In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons In response to their horrifying symptoms violent convulsions, displays of preternatural strength, vomiting of foreign objects, displaying contempt for sacred objects, and others exorcists were summoned to expel the evil spirits from victimsIn the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation, thousands of Europeans were thought to be possessed by demons In response to their horrifying symptoms violent convulsions, displays of preternatural strength, vomiting of foreign objects, displaying contempt for sacred objects, and others exorcists were summoned to expel the evil spirits from victims bodies This compelling book focuses on possession and exorcism in the Reformation period, but also reaches back to the fifteenth century and forward to our own times Entire convents of nuns in French, Italian, and Spanish towns, 30 boys in an Amsterdam orphanage, a small group of young girls in Salem, Massachusetts these are among the instances of demon possession in the United States and throughout Europe that Brian Levack closely examines, taking into account the diverse interpretations of generations of theologians, biblical scholars, pastors, physicians, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and historians Challenging the commonly held belief that possession signals physical or mental illness, the author argues that demoniacs and exorcists consciously or not are following their various religious cultures, and their performances can only be understood in those contexts.
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    1. Marisa on said:

      Very fascinating and informative if you re interested in the history of demonic possession in Christianity, but also very dense

    2. Tom Breen on said:

      This is a valuable guide to the concept of demonic possession in early modern European Christianity It s a little dense and probably not the best starting point on the subject, but it s full of important information and astute observations.In particular, Levack does an excellent job of contrasting the experience and social context of possession within Catholic communities as opposed to Protestant communities, highlighting how central the Reformation was to the early modern surge in reported poss [...]

    3. Lauren Albert on said:

      This was a really interesting look at the differing scripts which informed both possessions and exorcisms Levack is not saying there were no psychological or physiological bases for individual possessions or arguing that they was all fraud he is saying that whatever the causation, the actual events followed cultural scripts He shows the differences between Protestant and Catholic scripts and further breaks down the differences between Protestant sects and discusses why they differed as they did [...]

    4. Shannon on said:

      Interesting a tad heavy here and there, you need to focus and have little to no distraction to absorb this better

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