Glimpses of the Devil: A Psychiatrist's Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption Kindle Edition
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In Glimpses of the Devil, Peck returns to this dark and controversial chapter, expanding upon his beliefs in demonic possession. Like many science-educated professionals, Peck was a skeptic when it came to believing in the devil. But here he gives readers the complete story of his conversion as well as a full account of the two clinical cases that made him a believer as well as an exorcist. Because he videotaped the exorcisms, the dialog and scene work is stunningly authentic and convincing.
Some have criticized this discussion as disappointingly dry. One might argue that Pecks restraint when it comes to dramatics and sensationalism is this books strength. Pecks mission is not to entertain, but rather to request a more expansive discussion of evil, so that science entertains the possibility of the devil and demonic entities. He also hopes that we will begin a serious discussion of interventions against demonic possession that arent limited to the restraints of the Catholic Church.
Fans of Peck may also discover an unexpected gift within this controversial discussion. Peck is now an elder. Once a best-selling icon, he is aging into humbleness, comfortably admitting his mistakes and arrogance when it came to those early exorcisms. This softness and humility seem to elevate his authority, and we can only hope that he will offer more books from this voice in the years to come. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Satan is spirit, and spirit is mysterious. Some things can be said about it; most cannot. Those things that can be said, I have tried to say with clarity, but take them with a grain of salt. That is how I take them myself. If and when it seems I am speaking with excessive certainty, I hope you will remember that had I expressed all of my own reservations, much of the book would have been unreadable. My only alternative would have been to write nothing at all. But that, I believe, would have been the greater sin. These things need to be talked of.
Satan is evil spirit. "Evil" is a dangerous word. Speak it carefully -- full of care. It is not to be used lightly. Try your best to do no harm with it. Be gentle with yourself as well as others. Yet remember those three famous monkeys covering their eyes and ears and mouth: See no evil; hear no evil; speak no evil. I think the wise person who thought them up was trying to tell us they were stupid little monkeys, monkeys of denial.
The focus of this work has been Satan first, possession second, and only slightly on evil. Readers interested in the general phenomenon of evil should read my 1983 book, People of the Lie.
The pope recently directed that every Roman Catholic diocese should have a diocesan exorcist. People with a serious personal concern about possession in regard to themselves or others should seek out the exorcist in their diocese. How well trained or experienced that person might be I have no idea. Regrettably, on account of my health and retirement, I myself am no longer able to be of any assistance as a clinician or advisor except to the church. Remember that genuine possession is a very rare phenomenon. The diagnosis, like that of evil, is not one to be bandied about.
Copyright © 2005 by M. Scott Peck --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B000FCJZPY
- Publisher : Free Press (January 19, 2005)
- Publication date : January 19, 2005
- Language : English
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- Print length : 288 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0743254678
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M. Scott Peck MD approaches the above concerns first with a scientific approach by ruling out any physical health reasons for the complaints (ie, illness, brain injury, drugs, alcohol) and then follows with a spiritual approach, if applicable. It was an easy read and clearly comes from an educated man who first based his diagnosis from evidence based practice & hard science. I do admit that there were a few mentions that made me question his credibility, but I went into it with an open mind regardless and concluded that he was a credible clinician whose medical approaches coincided with my clinical experiences.
I bought this book along with 'Deliver Us From Evil" by Ralch Sarchie and 'Hostage to the Devil' by Malachi Martin.
When I think of the evil I have encountered in human form, I have doubts about even the basic premise of this book. At base, I don't believe it was something that could be amputated from them, any more than you can amputate someone's entire personality. That's what it was like with them, just a vicious, ground-in, indelible badness that was all-pervasive throughout their entire personality structure, so much so that it WAS their entire personality structure.
If you truly removed the evil in such individuals, would there be anything left at all?
I'll give an example from my own clinical experience as a psychologist. I saw a woman who had herpes encephalitis, where sometimes the herpes virus gets into the brain and damages the limbic system, somewhat akin to the rabies virus. When I saw her in an inpatient psychiatric hospital she looked *exactly* like the demonic possessions you see in movies (minus the supernatural). She spoke in strange voices, which sometimes sounded like two voices at once (a high and low one). It was extremely eerie to be in her presence, but that's because it's eerie to be in the presence of a person acting so bizarre. She wasn't like that 24/7. She would have "normal" periods and then flare ups. An antiviral drug alleviated it, but it could not reverse the damage done. I thought to myself that if someone saw the exact same case 100 years ago, they would have undoubtedly diagnosed it as possession, even though it was a virus causing it after all. (It never happened before the viral infection.)
It's not too hard to imagine how a similar aberration in the limbic system, not due to a virus but to some other subtle and difficult to detect cause would create similar or identical behavior (maybe minor seizure-like activity int he absence of actual epilepsy, abnormal brain growth/development, etc.)
Peck seems a little to willing to discard his psychiatric experience and assume a supernatural cause when there is little evidence to support it. If supernatural events occur, then that would be very interesting and would need to be reported and examined. But I find little more here than a doctor who is preoccupied with religion and too eager to find what he's looking for.
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It is written in a very honest manner and easy to read. The author is honest about what he understands and does not, and I think this makes it believible for readers who have had no experience of the unseen or supernatural realms. It is very informative for individuals that may find themselves forced to deal with demons. Some parts I found very funny! 10/10
1) unusually unlined skin.
2) An extremely haughty, arrogant expression
3) Being seductive
4) Talking nonsense-jabbering on and talking in circles
5) Extreme physical strength