Too often we dismiss the gospel stories about demoniacs
because frankly, we don't know what to do with them.
The two demoniacs
are such that no one could pass by the road to the place of the Gadarenes.
In contrast to Europe, most British demoniacs
were young and the majority blamed their possession on maleficia rather than direct satanic intervention.
For example, with respect to number, the unclean spirits in the stories of the synagogue and of the Gerasene demoniacs
, are described by both singular and plural pronouns (Mark 1:21-27; Luke 4:31-37; Matt.
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all he sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs
, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them.
The then owner, John Hall Stevenson, founder of the local Hell Fire Club, formed a group called the Demoniacs
It dates back to around 700BC and, according to the Bible's Gospel of Mathew, is where Jesus cast out the Devil from two demoniacs
, or madmen, into a herd of pigs.
After investigating this witch-hunt, Pope Clement VIII released the accused witches, who had been named by two demoniacs
, and prosecuted the local bishop for torturing subjects without sufficient evidence and for failing to appeal the case to Rome.
When Edgar, as Poor Tom, is alone with his father, he almost admits as much by alluding to Samuel Harsnett's recent and well-known expose of fraudulent demoniacs
and their Catholic exorcists, A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures (1603).
Robin Briggs's superb chapter, "Dubious Messengers: Bodin's Daemon, the Spirit World and the Sadducees," details several cases of authors who used, not claims of angelic visitations, but rather the evidence of witches and demoniacs
to prove the real existence of the spirit world against materialist challenges.
Others are highly skeptical of the performances of the demoniacs
they have witnessed.
41) Nancy Cacciola, "Mystics, Demoniacs
and the Physiology of Spirit Possession in Medieval Europe", Comparative Studies in Society and History, v.
Perhaps more significantly, what appear to be summary statements of repeated actions in the written text, such as Matthew 4:23-25, either must be depicted as specific events in the film, as when Jesus cures a tower filled with demoniacs
, or else they cannot be depicted at all.
By comparison with the "finger of God" saying above, this one benefits by virtue of the criterion of development, because "binding the strong man" presupposes an altogether different rationale for exorcism: binding the power of Beelzebub, prince of demons, to the magician's own use in order to despoil him of his subjects, the possessed demoniacs
One of the seven alleged demoniacs
who were exorcized during this period by a group of Catholic priests was a young man of good family named Richard Mainy, whose symptoms were particularly spectacular, and `the climax of his possession was a grand charade of the seven deadly sins, which proved intensely enjoyable for everyone present'.