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Demon Possession and the Christian: A New Perspective Paperback – February, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (February 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891075216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891075219
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #763,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald P. Babcock on June 21, 2002
I have read a number of books on the subject but none with the solid logical approach taken here. Dickason is candid in clearly differentiating what can and can't be completely established via scripture. At the same time he does not neglect evidence from many years of counseling experience much of it involving bible college students (very serious Christians.) Far from being a harbinger of conflict with scripture (as suggested by one reviewer), this is a refreshing concern for clearly drawing source boundaries when developing the doctrine. I think perhaps Dr. Dickason's early training as an engineer may explain the character of his approach. It evidences clear logical progression and careful classification and handling of the emprical evidence as is common in the sciences. Dr. Dickason is very careful with his theology as well. This too would be expected, having served many years as the Chair of the Department of Theology at the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. If not the oldest it is certainly one of the oldest and most conservative Bible colleges in the nation and the world. I would have to consider Dr. Dickason one of the foremost experts in the world in this subject area. This book is a must read for every serious Christian. For more general theological treatement of angels in general, I recommend his book "Angels Elect and Evil."
Christian marriages and families are falling on all sides today because our materialistic society has all but rejected the truth about the war going on in the spiritual realm. According to the Bible, Christians war on three fronts: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. We are suffering defeat today because that latter front is all but neglected in practical teaching. This book goes a long way towards restoring some balance. I recommend it without reservation.
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I am one of those 400 plus people...and I am a disciple of Christ, "well-educated" theologically raised in an evangelical church now serving in full-time missions. I have been set free. I can walk now, my mind is clear, I have a spouse and children. Many who knew me when I was deeply sick and depressed hardly recognize me now. No one could help me all those years, my pastors, my bible college profs....but God's hand was upon me. I am grateful for the simple, bold prayers and teaching of Dr. Dickason and his wife--my spouse was there and can attest to all that happened. We continue to praise God that He indeed is our deliverer.
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This book is a treasure in theology! Dr. Dickason is no off the cuff, fictional writer. He was Chairman of the theology department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (A highly respected Christian Bible school and involved in solid Christian radio Broadcasting).

Now I am almost finished with my second reading in August 2014, my first reading was May 1990. My note in the front of this book is the only note written in front 'all' of my books. I wrote it in May 1990. It speaks for itself. It reads: "To whomever reads this book, In reading this book God will undoubtedly open your eyes to the working of the enemy, but more than that He will surely help you see Our Savior more clearly. (My signature, then the date May 28, 1990). I stand wholeheartllly behind that statement and even more so today!

Dr. Dickason also wrote the highly acclaimed book "Angels Elect and Evil"!
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Dr. Dickason has written a very thought-provoking book that Christians, especially counselors, would do well to read. From a thorough examination of the scripture verses that pertain to the subject to his own counseling experience and that of others, the book gives insight and the solution..
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This may be the best book on this topic. With all the involvement in occult experiences that resulted from the Pentecostal/charismatic "renewal", there is now so much evidence about Christian demonization that the old a priori idea according to which "Christians cannot be demonized" should be hold by anyone serious and honest. Dickason covers a lot of studies and gives a comprehensive view.
What lacks are philosophical considerations about the functionning of demonization in the soul, as opposed to the epistemological understanding of the mystical experience (Christian philosopher Maritain built a brilliant epistemology that encompassed mystical experience). Also a distinction should be drawn between the initiation of occult experiences (where one seeks the experience by making his mind and body control open to a spirit, at least at the first time) and the mystic experience (where the experience is not sought the first time, or sought without offering one's mind,etc.)
Responsible Christians who are in touch with the charismatic movement may not want themselves or their friends to be exposed to demonization, they will then do well to read this book and other ones such as George Birch's The Deliverance Ministry (Cases of deliverances of spirits of tongues and others caught during charismatic experiences) or the books by Kurt Koch (Occult Bondage, etc.), or Felicitas Goodman's "How about Demons? Possession.." (Goodman is not Christian, but possibly the world's most eminent academic specialist on demon possession and she classifies pentecostal/charismatic experiences in her branch.)
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