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Besete of siek? n Pastoraal - sielkundige perspektief op Satanisme

P. J. Rossouw
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 26, No 3 | a1426 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v26i3.1426 | © 1992 P. J. Rossouw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 1992 | Published: 10 June 1992

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P. J. Rossouw,, South Africa

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Abstract

Taking a pastoral perspective as point of departure, the results concerning the relationship between Satanism and Psychology are examined in this article. Furthermore, the biblical connotation of possession by demons and the way in which biblical information should be interpreted are studied by discussing three possible hermeneutic models. The relationship between psychiatric disorders and occult phenomena is pointed out and a strategic approach is suggested. Whereas the diagnosis of occult possession remains problematic, the diagnostic criteria for possession by demons are also considered. Finally, the dangers of diagnosing possession by demons are outlined and guidelines are given for a meaningful handling of possible possession.

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