Saturday, July 28, 2012

If You Are Going to Have Demons and Medicine

In the Gospels, there is much text devoted to Jesus casting out demons. In my experience, the Christian approach to these passages seems to be that there used to be common demonic possession, but that it either no longer happens or is too rare to be concerned about. If someone has a seizure, they go to a doctor, not a priest. If a child is epileptic, then the child is epileptic, nothing more. He will be given medical treatment, and any talk of demons will be politely disregarded.

Perhaps on the other hand, they should ask "what is it like to be epilepsy?"

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