Exorcism is also found in Voodoo  and other folk and syncretic religions see for example the Wikipedia article on the Malay dukun , which includes their role as exorcist. In Judaism , Josephus reported witnessing an exorcism,  though being a decentralized religion that has changed much in the intervening millennia, it is unclear how mainstream the practice is today, if it is found at all. Medicine and psychology do not classify possession as a mental illness, but rather as a misdiagnosis of different psychological conditions.
Although validity of exorcism would be a tough argument for theism , it surprisingly isn't brought up in debates very much. It could be that even the theists realize exorcism is bollocks , or it's a taboo theme among them. Or perhaps it's one of the few areas where they understand that what seems obvious to them isn't obvious to other people. Given as they often do appear to elicit some sort of response from the person undergoing the exorcism, and given that not everyone undergoing an exorcism wants to be undergoing an exorcism such as those who are homosexual for obvious reasons one theoretical argument from a scientific perspective could be that the effect of people yelling and screaming at you is enough to elicit an emotional response.
See spirit possession for scientific explanations of alleged spirit possessions in general. The job of exorcist would seem to be perfect for a psychopathic sadist. They are usually able to get away with anything short of murder: kidnapping, torture and general mayhem. Here are some cases where the psychopaths were caught:. The election booth for the RationalWiki Moderator Election is now open. Cast your votes today! Jump to: navigation , search. Karras: I beg your pardon?
Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century Jesus performed exorcisms and from him the Church has received the power and office of exorcising. In a simple form, exorcism is performed at the celebration of Baptism. The solemn exorcism, called "a major exorcism," can be performed only by a priest and with the permission of the bishop.
The priest must proceed with prudence, strictly observing the rules established by the Church.
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Exorcism is directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to his Church. Illness, especially psychological illness, is a very different matter; treating this is the concern of medical science. Therefore, before an exorcism is performed, it is important to ascertain that one is dealing with the presence of the Evil One, and not an illness. March 6, and accessed on Wed. October 2, The Guardian. Cuneo We also discuss how to balance the fiction with the facts while trying to entertain and represent real people and events as accurately as possible.
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