Devils & Demons in Western Historical Traditions

Rel J-32 Interim 1998 Quiz #3 makeup 1/26/98Name:______________________

Respond to the following essay questions. Be succinct -- information is much more important than volume. This is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

The story of The Exorcist has been criticized as a portrayal of evil on the grounds that it doesn't make sense for the Devil to waste his time on a little girl when he could be attacking someone with real power (a politician or a talk show host). Take the other side. Why might the demon be expected to act this way? How is the demon portrayed consistent with a particular view of evil?

Look at the story of the Gerasene demoniac (Luke 8.26-39 // Matt 8.31ff // Mark 5.1-20). How do the details of the story match up with what we have learned about demon folklore and demonic possession? How do they differ? In your opinion, is the biblical story drawing from folklore traditions about demons or is it the reverse (explain)?