When you are dealing with someone who is very troubled, it is only when you have exhausted all other means, that you consider that a demonic
spirit could be blocking their route to God and happiness.
Thus the thesis that demonic
action was real but essentially psychological or spiritual in character, sometimes referred to as the Augustinian doctrine, prevailed throughout much of the Middle Ages.
According to Christian culture, demonic
possession depended on the will of a demon that owned a body without any relation to the possessed, while according to Jewish culture, and for Vital and Luria in particular, souls of the evil dead could not enter Gehinnom, so they possessed another body for vengeance.
Walker offers a general theory of magic (part 2, introduction), which neatly maps out the rationale and effects of two distinct kinds of magic: the spiritual magic that Ficino wrote about overtly, which had purely psychological effects, and the demonic
magic implicit in Ficino's works, though never spelled out, which had transitive effects.
possession of the movie's 12-year-old girl (memorably played by Blair) was as much about exploiting parents' fears and frustrations over their children's burgeoning adolescence as it was about the reality of the spiritual realm.
Even so, she injects more demonic
conflict into the gospel narratives than is actually found there.
LOS ANGELES, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Electronic Entertainment Expo starting today, Blizzard Entertainment announced "Diablo," a new role-playing game in which players descend into a sinister underworld filled with supernatural forces and demonic
Scheduled for release between Christmas 2005 and Easter 2006, Left Behind: Eternal Forces will put players in command of the apocalyptic battles raging in the streets of New York City between the angelic Tribulation Forces and the demonic
Global Community Peacekeepers during the End of Days.
By using these devices he combated the deceptive rhetoric of demonic
forces that deceive non-Christian Jews, Gentiles, and some "weak" believers.
Oh is locked in a room with only a demonic
clown painting and a television for company.
possession and Satanism, scientific and biomedical terror, psychological horror, and the newest development, splatterpunk (an extreme and explicit version), round out the list: Each chapter includes a short precis and a list of representative authors.
This compelling interest in the bodily evidence of demonic
activity, which also surfaced in discussions of desecration of the Host, demonic
infanticide, and witches' familiars, underlay the creation of a systematic and logical theory of witchcraft.
Like Rimbaud, part of writer-producer Joss Whedon's genius has been to find, within teen angst and anomie, metaphors monstrous, demonic
, and bewitching.
Now, a massive demonic
invasion has overwhelmed the UAC.
Everything from a father with emphysema carrying around his personal oxygen tank to a demonic
Marine drill instructor rhapsodizing about the simple joys of life speak of someone's experience and unforgotten observations.