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The Resource Believe not every spirit : possession, mysticism, & discernment in early modern Catholicism, Moshe Sluhovsky

Believe not every spirit : possession, mysticism, & discernment in early modern Catholicism, Moshe Sluhovsky

Label
Believe not every spirit : possession, mysticism, & discernment in early modern Catholicism
Title
Believe not every spirit
Title remainder
possession, mysticism, & discernment in early modern Catholicism
Statement of responsibility
Moshe Sluhovsky
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From 1400 through 1700, the number of reports of demonic possessions among European women was extraordinarily high. During the same period, a new type of mysticis--popular with women--emerged that greatly affected the risk of possession and, as a result, the practice of exorcism. Many feared that in moments of rapture, women, who had surrendered their souls to divine love, were not experiencing the work of angels, but rather the ravages of demons in disguise. So how then, asks Moshe Sluhovsky, were practitioners of exorcism to distinguish demonic from divine possessions? Drawing on unexplored accounts of mystical schools and spiritual techniques, testimonies of the possessed, and exorcism manuals, Believe Not Every Spirit examines how early modern Europeans dealt with this dilemma. The personal experiences of practitioners, Sluhovsky shows, trumped theological knowledge. Worried that this could lead to a rejection of Catholic rituals, the church reshaped the meaning and practices of exorcism, transforming this healing rite into a means of spiritual interrogation. In its efforts to distinguish between good and evil, the church developed important new explanatory frameworks for the relations between body and soul, interiority and exteriority, and the natural and supernatural." http://www.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0827/2006018189-d.html
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IT-FiEUI
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1958-
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Sluhovsky, Moshe
Dewey number
235.4
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Demonology
  • Discernment of spirits
  • Demoniac possession
  • Spirit possession
  • Exorcism
  • Mysticism
Label
Believe not every spirit : possession, mysticism, & discernment in early modern Catholicism, Moshe Sluhovsky
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Possession and exorcism -- Mysticism -- Discernment -- Intersections
Control code
FIEb17526851
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 374 pages
Isbn
9780226762821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)70062966
Label
Believe not every spirit : possession, mysticism, & discernment in early modern Catholicism, Moshe Sluhovsky
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [269]-359) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Possession and exorcism -- Mysticism -- Discernment -- Intersections
Control code
FIEb17526851
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 374 pages
Isbn
9780226762821
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)70062966

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