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The demons who never left are back

That’s a happy headline isn’t it? I wrote this before Christmas but it’s a bit of a mood killer and much more suited to January! Mike Bird reflecting on a new book about the death of Satan in modern thought says However, as belief in Satan diminished, it coincided with belief in moral relativism, evil became ephemeral, and we lost any yardstick to measure evil… In other words, unless you believe in demons, you will begin to demonize whatever political apparatus you find yourself opposing. You will treat your political and cultural…

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Regulating demons

Perhaps it’s because I’m listening to CS Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters (deliciously read by Joss Ackland) but I’ve been thinking about demons. I’m wondering about the debates that will happen first in newspapers and then in parliaments around secular, progressive Europe as the issue of exorcism comes up, as it inevitably will. Last year The Economist noted the rise in exorcisms in France and just last month the Guardian reported on the rise of exorcisms in Europe. It’s going to cause everyone a headache. There will be secular clamouring for the end to such ‘medieval’ practices.…

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Jesus the exorcist

Not far from my house is a field. One early summer as I was riding past it on a Sunday morning I noticed that the field had marquees up and thousands of Ethiopians had descended on the field. Curiosity got the better of me and I stopped to ask one of the stewards what was going on. A priest had been brought over from Ethiopia and was going to perform some exorcisms. That the exorcisms were on full public display took me rather by surprise. Despite extensive travel, I’d never really…

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Where did all the demons go?

I’ve been wondering whether to add anything to the brouhaha over the ‘Strange Fire’ arguments that have bothered the twitter world recently. I had almost decided I couldn’t be bothered, I posted something over two years ago following a Macarthur rant and nothing much seems to have been added in the meantime. I wasn’t going to respond, mainly because I’ve no idea, really, who John Macarthur is. I’ve never read his books, nor know anyone who has, never had them recommended to me, never heard him preach nor had anyone…

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