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In Remembrance

THE DEMONOLOGIST
AND THE EXORCIST.

What's The Connection?


Some confusion exists as to whether The Demonologist and The Exorcist are related. They are not. Although both books treat the same subject matter, they do so in a different way. One is a novel, the other is nonfiction. Where the similarity resides, beyond their respective titles, is that both books were developed somewhat simultaneously in the late 1960s and 70s, and both focus on the topic of religious demonology. Both authors were also lent encouragement by the late Jesuit priest and scholar Malachi Martin, author of Hostage To The Devil.

The Exorcist tells, with considerable accuracy, the true-life story of a young Maryland boy, Douglas Dean, who experienced an horrific case of diabolical possession in 1949 and details the progression of the boy's travail in novel form. While The Exorcist is based on an actual event, the book confines itself almost excusively to the possession phase of the phenomenon. The Demonologist concerns itself with the same material, but does so in a nonfiction manner, though it takes the subject one step further and unfurls the dynamics behind all three stages of diabolical phenomena. In the end, rather than competing, both books complement each other instead.

For those seeking to gain a comprehensive grasp of the subject, one should read all three books, The Demonologist, The Exorcist, and Hostage To The Devil - in that order. The Demonologist first explains how the phenomenon occurs; The Exorcist then shows that phenomenon taking place in a real life situation; and finally, Martin's Hostage To The Devil - though denser and more academic in nature - drives home the consummate awe and despotic cruelty of the inhuman demonic spirit.



HOW RELIGIOUS INVESTIGATIONS REALLY WORK


In established religions, the demonologist and the exorcist each has a different function. The demonologist is principally an investigator. When assigned to a case, the demonologist must first discover whether or not a spirit is actually causing unusual phenomena to occur, and if so, he must then determine what kind of spirit is behind the activity. In the vast majority of cases, the demonologist will find that no spirit activity is present. Instead, he will discover that people are simply misinterpreting ordinary events, or in more acute cases that mental illness is actually the contributing factor. As an investigator, the demonologist will interrogate all persons who have any relation to the case, and catalog all evidence (if it exists) of unusual activity. Typically these witnesses will be required to undergo medical and psychological tests before their testimony will be considered valid. Similarly, with respect to any reported phenomena, the demonologist will collect evidence through mechanical means to ultimately verify its validity. When there is substance to a case, and the people are proven to be sane and honest, the demonologist will take into account all the accumulated information in order to determine what kind of spirit is involved. Sometimes this will require calling a psychic medium into the case to attempt communication with the spirit, or to test the environment with religious provocation or similar procedures to cause the entity to show itself. In cases of possession, the afflicted individual will usually be taken off to a secluded facility where scrupulous testing and examination will occur. Such investigations take a considerable amount of time, but when done the demonologist will finally submit his report to church authorities. It is at that point, if a remedy is required, that an exorcist would be assigned to the case. An exorcist is not a demonologist. An exorcist is instead a person of unique piety who is able to issue the commands of God against a force of evil. There are two types of exorcism: one for a dwelling, the other for an individual. To clear a dwelling of pernicious spirits, the exorcism procedure is in fact an elaborate blessing of the physical environment. In those very rare circumstances, when an individual is actually suffering from diabolical possession, the Roman Ritual of Exorcism, the Rituale Romanum, will be employed. The latter was the situation in the Exorcist case.





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What Is Possession?

According to theology, all human beings are composed of a body, a spirit, and a soul.
The body is the physical mechanism that realizes life. The spirit is that force which animates the body. The soul is basically the essence of your being, that is to say, it is a cosmic record of who you really are.
Every human being has a spirit, we are told, and that spirit is the rightful heir to the body. When that human spirit is gone, the body is as lifeless as an empty shell. This state is otherwise known as death.
Possession, the highest stage of diabolical interference, is a situation where an inhuman spirit displaces the human spirit, and then proceeds to act through the human body. Because the inhuman spirit is corrupt and profane, the results of this hijacking, this spiritual take-over, are equally corrupt and profane.
Possession is an extremely rare event and is in fact prohibited by God. But the inhuman spirit is a disobedient spirit and it commits this act of defiance out of jealousy and rage. For this is a spirit that -- because of its faulted nature -- is prohibited from experiencing life in the earthly realm. Thus its only option is to steal a body and do it anyway. However this is not a spirit that shares our values. This is a spirit that instead exists in opposition to both man and God. And because man is a creation of God, its eternal intent is to disgrace mankind in front of God Himself. It is an essentially stupid and feeble gesture, but it happens nonetheless.
Because the inhuman spirit (a fallen angel) is in fact a religious entity, religious procedures are therefore required to expel it from the body. Ultimately, when all is said and done, exorcism is nothing more than a command - made in the name of God - for the spirit to cease the act of possession and leave the person’s body.
Possession and exorcism occur in all cultures and all religions. It is a situation that has beset man since the beginning of time, and apparently will not end until the consummation of the ages has occurred.