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" I thought a book like that would be useful (even when you're the priest ...
on January 9, 2015
According to the blurb, "True or False Possession? will teach you, too, not to rush to judgment and show you when it’s time — right now! — to call the priest." I thought a book like that would be useful (even when you're the priest wondering whether it's time to call the psychologist). The first half of that blurb is true enough, as the author shows how many symptoms commonly associated with possession occurred in cases where it's pretty well established that the alleged victim was either outright faking or suffering from mental illness of natural origin. The second half of the blurb, sadly, seems to have been written by someone who didn't read much of the book. Nowhere does the book lay out anything like a clear description of how to distinguish a charlatan or ill-but-not-possessed person from a true victim of possession; for that matter, it is not always clear how the author arrived at his own conclusions in some of the cases he describes. The book is not useless, but it's not what the publisher claims it is either.