Let me say first that in spite of the tag-line it actually has almost nothing to do with devils, or "demon possession" as such. One is simply that it misrepresents the book. But I think the worst thing about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with. This is a book that should be read. It also deals with an alleged case of demon possession: that is also true.
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Let me say first that in spite of the tag-line it actually has almost nothing to do with devils, or "demon possession" as such. One is simply that it misrepresents the book. But I think the worst thing about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with. This is a book that should be read.
It also deals with an alleged case of demon possession: that is also true. A certain corrupt priest Urbain Grandier offended some people in high places, and ultimately he was accused of witchcraft and blamed for the "possession" of a convent full of Ursuline nuns. The possession was more likely hysteria. The sorcery charge was bunk, and most of the people involved understood this to be the case. So, on the face of it, the book is about the disastrous mix of Church and State in early 17th Century France.
I mean, to bill it as a history book or a book about politics would be equally misguided. Huxley uses this particular episode from history as an entry into a larger discussion about spiritual life. What is spirituality? What motivates it? He calls it self-transendence, and offers an in-depth discussion of some of the principles that are common to most religions. He discounts nothing. He cites well documented psychic phenomena ESP, for example as evidence of a world beyond the strictly physical world as we understand it.
One can not, therefore, rule out the possibility that a will or an intellect can exist on a non-physical level. There is no reason to believe that all such wills that all "entities" existing outside the physical world as we know it are well meaning and nice. Original Sin he defines in terms of the human capacity for evil, Original Virtue, our capacity for good.
He also devotes considerable attention to matters of law, doctrine, et cetera. There was no point at which I felt as though I was in the midst of a load of spooky b. Politics, religion, spirituality, psychology, philosophy, history, society, art, justice, responsibility, sexuality, nature: everything.
That all that discourse is so pinheaded and narrow-minded. I cannot recommend it more highly.
The Devils of Loudun
This dreadful image of the parish priest is followed by another one; in this instance, however, Grandier rests in the arms of a woman. These macabre visions let Sister Jeanne, among other convent nuns, to the belief that they had been possessed by the devil, and thus to eventually confesses her visions to Father Mignon. Following, Grandier denies ever seeing Jeanne, and implores God to help her. Nonetheless, his words prove feeble as Jeanne claims that he had forced the Ursuline nuns to practice black magic.
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