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American Exorcism: Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty

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<P>There is no other religious ritual more fascinating, or more disturbing, than exorcism. This is particularly true in America today, where the ancient rite has a surprisingly strong hold on our imagination, and on our popular entertainment industry. We've all heard of exorcism, seen the movies and read the books, but few of us have ever experienced it firsthand.</P><P>Conducted by exorcists officially appointed by Catholic archdioceses and by maverick priests sidestepping Church sanctions, by evangelical ministers and Episcopal charismatics, exorcism is alive and well in the new millennium. </P><P>Oprah, Diane Sawyer, and Barbara Walters have featured exorcists on their shows. <I>The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time,</I> and other publications have charted the proliferation of exorcisms across the United States. Last year, the Archdiocese of Chicago appointed its first full-time exorcist in its 160-year history; in New York, four priests have officially investigated about forty cases of suspected possession every year since 1995. </P><P><I>American Exorcism</I> is an inside look at this burgeoning phenomenon, written with objectivity, insight, and just the right touch of irony. Michael W. Cuneo attended more than fifty exorcisms and interviewed many of the participants — both the exorcists who performed the rituals and the people from all walks of life who believed they were possessed by the devil.</P><P>He brings vividly to life the ceremonies themselves, conjuring up memories of Linda Blair's astonishing performance in the 1973 movie <I>The Exorcist</I> and other bizarre (and sometimes stomach-churning) images. Cuneo dissects, as well, the arguments of such well-known exorcism advocates as Malachi Martin, author of the controversial <I>Hostage to the Devil,</I> self-help guru M. Scott Peck, and self-professed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren of <I

Synopsis:

A provocative study of the mysterious world of exorcism traces America's fascination with the subject of demon possession; describes the various rituals and ceremonies used by officially appointed Catholic exorcists, evangelical ministers, and Episcopalian charismatics to expel demons; and explores the relationship between religious ritual and popular culture. Reprint.

About the Author

Michael Cuneo teaches sociology and anthropology at Fordham University in New York City. His previous books include the highly praised The Smoke of Satan, and his research has been featured in such publications as the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He divides his time between New York and Toronto and is currently at work on a true-crime book about a triple homicide in Missouri’s Ozarks.

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Table of Contents

Exorcist as hero — Entrepreneurs of exorcism — Charismatic deliverance ministry — The rough-and-ready school — The rise of evangelical deliverance — Roman Catholic exorcism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767911412
Subtitle:
Expelling Demons in the Land of Plenty
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Cuneo, Michael
Author:
Cuneo, Michael W.
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Psychology of Religion
Subject:
Exorcism
Subject:
Christianity - Ritual & Practice
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Church history
Subject:
Social Science-Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion-Christianity - General
Subject:
Social Science : Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion : Christianity - General
Subject:
Christianity -- History.
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Church History
Subject:
Demoniac possession
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20021001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Religion » Christianity » Christian Church » History
Religion » Christianity » Demonology
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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"Synopsis" by , A provocative study of the mysterious world of exorcism traces America's fascination with the subject of demon possession; describes the various rituals and ceremonies used by officially appointed Catholic exorcists, evangelical ministers, and Episcopalian charismatics to expel demons; and explores the relationship between religious ritual and popular culture. Reprint.
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