As an alternate to going on the field trip, I had to interview someone who performs exorcisms or helps out during exorcisms. I interviewed a pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Trinidad and Tobago. This is a Baptist church and the Pastor has been a member of this church for more than 20 years. I […]Read more "Interview with an exorcist"
Last Friday we ventured out to the River of Life Church in Wareham, MA to witness Jay Bartlett perform an exorcism service. Although I am Catholic and only believe that priests have the ability to perform exorcisms, I entered the service with excitement and an open mind. To start off Jay read passages from the […]Read more "An Experience in Wareham"
Our experience at the River of Life Ministries was definitely one to remember, even if the service did feel a bit uncomfortable or questionable at times (disorientation). If anything, I left the service with more questions and criticisms than I had coming into the exorcism. Most of us in the class were able to call […]Read more "Power in the Name of Jesus"
In lieu of the experience at the deliverance ministry, I interviewed Father Evan Armatas of the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Loveland, CO. When I first heard from Fr. Evan from a family friend I didn’t think that it would be worth contacting him because I was under the impression that exorcisms were not a […]Read more "Greek Orthodox Baptism"
The class session with the guests was interesting to me. It opened my eyes to a unique perspective and somewhat skepticism for the first time in the semester. Mostly, my skepticism came from the Ghost Hunter guy…as we discussed in class, his over-excentric and overwhelming desire to make a quick buck and gain more fame made […]Read more "Guests and Class Review"
My experience at the River of Life Ministries was indeed disorienting. I have faith that Jay Bartlett’s prophecy will hold true for me: “…these university students were able to witness some powerful exorcisms that, no doubt, will be impressed on their minds for a very long time” – though, I think, for very different reasons […]Read more "IN JESUS’ NAME AMEN HALLELUJAH"
Ever since our experience on Friday night, my mind keeps coming back to certain moments that occurred at the Deliverance. In my opinion, it was the perfect way to sum up the work we’ve done this semester. From bodily praxis to tradition to, ultimately, faith – we arrived at the whole picture. I was particularly […]Read more "Thoughts on Friday’s Deliverance"
The exorcism we visited on Friday was new to me in that not only was it the first exorcism/public deliverance I witnessed but also my first time in a church. The appearance of the church was actually surprising to me. I know it was a non-denominational church, but it was still a very underwhelming experience. […]Read more "Friday’s Exorcisms"
On Friday, we visited the River of Life Ministries church, which was near the Cape Cod area. The church itself was a tiny building, and I was intrigued at what kinds of events would unfurl in such a small but spiritually-strong setting. I was, initially, put-off at how familiar to me the start of the […]Read more "Witnessing Exorcisms – A personal account / reflection"
“If images are so dangerous, why do we have so many of them? If they are innocent, why do they trigger so many and such enduring passions? …To begin with, for most people, they are not even images, but the world itself.” This is a quote taken from Bruno Latour’s WHAT IS ICONOCLASH?, published in 2002. In […]Read more "Latour’s Iconoclash and the Exorcism Experience"