Friday, July 08, 2005

Demonic possession should be treated by psychiatrists

Demonic possession should be treated by psychiatrists, not just exorcists, author says
(Salt Lake Tribune)
“Even if we assume for a minute that there are such things as evil spirits and they can take over a person’s body, how do you tease that out from other conditions that might mimic it?” asks Stephen Morris, past president of the Utah Psychological Association. “Back in New Testament times, some things were reported as evil spirits that clearly were epilepsy or some other physical condition.”

Psychologists gave up the idea of evil spirits when they took up science, he says.

Adding demonic possession to the list of mental disorders would be “like teaching creationism in the schools,” Morris says.

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