Monday, August 01, 2005

Glimpses of the Devil

The link is to a review of Scott Peck's new book on diabolical possession. I haven't read it yet but I would like to when I'm able to find the time.
A few years ago I read his book "People of the Lie." In it he recounts examples of people he met in his psychological work who had freely chosen evil. While many, if not most, sins are the result of human weakness, evil is still a reality and we are capable of choosing it.
Peck's new book is of interest because of his association with Malachi Martin, a controversial Jesuit who took some extreme positions in his later years.

6 comments:

Elaine said...

I borrowed this book from the library a few weeks ago and quickly returned it after reading not too many pages - it scared me. I got the idea that he was writing about possession of people who had not invited it or freely chosen evil, and I find that very frightening. I would like to know your thoughts after you have read the book. I would really like to know if such a thing as uninvited posession is possible.

Anna said...

I borrowed the book from the library and found it quite good. He was very careful to make the distinction between the different levels of attack up to complete possession.

In the two exorcisms that Dr. Peck was the main exorcist, both victims had been involved with evil voluntarily.

karen - missouri said...

No thanks, Sister Lorraine! I still haven't gotten over the "willies" I felt after viewing the movie, The Exorcist, when my oldest was just a baby, and he's 31. When I arrived home after the movie, I rushed into Aaron's bedroom to make sure his head wasn't spinning around...

HCL said...

I read DR. Martin's book Hostage to the Devil some time ago, and was greatly troubled by the fact of demonic possession and oppression. Tolkien believed that we should shun the study of the evil one - and was upset that C.S. Lewis dedicated The Screwtape Letters to him. I have to agree. For some people, the study of evil leads to an attraction toward evil.

Anonymous said...

Too many people are ignorant of evil. We have to know our enemy in order to do battle against him.

I say this as a stepmother whose stepdaughter is caught in a web of ignorance, insisting there is no evil in the world. Everything is peachy keen. Everyone will end up in heaven no matter what kind of life they've lived on earth or the state of their soul when they die.

If that isn't Satan wreaking havoc on her intelligence, I don't know what is.

Plato's Stepchild said...

I was curious if anyone has read Gerald Vann, OP's book from Sophia Press on The Devil and How to Resist Him.

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