Unsure, I'm currently reading a book called '23 minutes in hell', which talks a little bit about this (I believe) towards the end. I'll let you know f anything relevant comes up.
QuoteSuppose we find countless cases of putative demon possession, and suppose we have no naturalistic explanations for many or almost all these cases...Are there ANY documented cases that can't be easily explained by some natural phenomena (like schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder)?
Suppose we find countless cases of putative demon possession, and suppose we have no naturalistic explanations for many or almost all these cases...
I think the biggest philosophical implication, for the theist, would be related to free will. If you have a worldview where you think God grants each and every one of us free will, and won't interfere with it, then how do you square that with Him allowing demons to interfere with it?
This thread reminded me of the movie, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." It's a pretty good movie, because it leaves it ambiguous to the viewer if the possession really happened, or if it was just some unexplained natural phenomena similar to a combination of epilepsy and psychosis. In my opinion, the movie comes down more on the supernatural side, but still leaves it open for the other interpretation. It asks a lot of the same questions I posed earlier in the thread, such as: who gets possessed, and why does God allow it? The movie answers are: people who are highly spiritually sensitive are more susceptible to being contacted and possessed by demons, and God allows it so that people on earth can have evidence of the spiritual realm. I found the latter answer very unsatisfying, because it just raises the follow up question: cannot God provide evidence of the spiritual realm that is equally compelling, but isn't horribly victimizing an innocent person?My favorite element of the movie was that the characterization went beyond simple stereotyping. Laura Linney's character was an agnostic and skeptic, yet not dogmatically so; Tom Wilkerson as the priest was intelligent, calm and seemingly very trustworthy; and Campbell Scott played the prosecutor who, although a church-going Methodist, was completely disdainful of the supernatural explanations of demon possession and the Catholic exorcism.