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The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

3 Ratings: 3.3
A book by Matt Baglio

Starred Review. Journalist Baglio follows a Catholic priest through the latter's training to become an exorcist in this incisive look at the church's rite of exorcism and its use in contemporary life. Baglio began delving into the topic after hearing … see full wiki

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Author: Matt Baglio
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
3 reviews about The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
review by . April 22, 2009
What should a modern Christian make of exorcism?    New Testament scholars agree that exorcism was a crucial component of Jesus' ministry. Mark 1:39 summarizes his ministry this way: "So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons." Those same scholars disagree as to the nature of exorcism. Conservatives understand it literally, as the casting out of a demonic spirit. Liberals interpret it metaphorically, as the healing of a mentally ill …
review by . April 05, 2009
This is the story of a parish priest from Silicon Valley California as he trains in Rome to become his diocese's official Exorcist. The work of an Exorcist, as many people know from Hollywood movies, is to drive out evil demons who have possessed unwitting persons. The author follows Father Gary Thomas' progress as he attends a class for new Exorcists and through his apprenticeship with Father Carmine, a Franciscan who speaks little English.    The author gives us the back story …
review by . March 31, 2009
Do demons and angels truly exist? Or are they just a figurative way of expressing the "lack of good" within a person or activity? While most people are only familiar with the versions of "exorcism" they have seen in movies or read about in the latest supernatural thriller, this book outlines a completely different reality as priests see it.     Much of this book reads like a primer on how to become an exorcist. There is some fascinating information regarding the historical foundations …
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