The Demonologist

The Demonologist

The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren

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For over five decades Ed and Lorraine Warren have been known as the world's most renowned paranormal investigators. Lorraine is a gifted clairvoyant, while Ed is the only non-ordained demonologist recognized by the Catholic Church. Together they have investigated thousands of hauntings in their career.
Publisher: [United States] : Graymalkin Media, 2013.
Copyright Date: �2002
ISBN: 9781935169222
Characteristics: xiv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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courtney92_0
Nov 02, 2017

Although this book makes for an interesting read, the opinions expressed by Ed and Lorraine are simply that, opinions. They have expressed these opinions as if they are facts, while shutting out the idea that they could possibly be wrong. It's as if their hightened celebrity status has given them an unconcscious sense of righteousness.

For example, talking about telepathy, they note that instead of an idea being projected vocally, it is projected directly BY THE BRAIN. This has not been my understanding when researching spiritual science in order to understand the consciousness and the universe itself. For example, when astrally projected, that is, being outside of the physcial body, the main form of communication is telepathy. Since the consciousness has left the physical body, therefore the brain too, it is my understanding that the brain has nothing to do with this transfer of information via energy (thosenes).

The use of religion in this book places a heavy and biased view of the evidence at hand. Although Ed and Lorraine do not claim to be Bible thumpers, you can see that their point of views is fogged by their strong belief and identity attachment with their religion.
One part I found a little disturbing, was when Father Roark came into the house of the Beckfords to perform an exorcism. He harshly confronted the little girl who had drawn the spirit via a ouiji board, telling her that the Church considers what she has done to be a sin and has she asked the Lord for forgiveness. This is another example of how the Church drums into fragile minds obedience and lack of power when it comes to forgiveness. It is up to the individual to forgive themselves, not [a] God.

A second example of religion fogging their mind, is when Ed quotes "We know that Lucifer himself was involved in the possession of a woman in Iowa in 1928 named Anna Ecklund because witnesses at the time reported that he showed himself and remained present during the latter part of the exorcism standing in a circle of fire wearing a crown". Earlier in the book, Ed noted that entities can take on any appearance they like, therefore to have the solid belief that it was Lucifer himself seems contradicting and shows a lack of consideration for what could be and may not be.

There are other examples of biasism because of religion such as Ed's statements about it definitely being Devils and Demons who are against God that has possessed a girl by the name of Anneliese Michel because she was a devout and the demons wanted to impurify her and also provoke a confrontation with the 'Alimighty'. Also because of the blasphemy they (demonic entities) write on walls, anti-religious statements they say, etc. but this could simply be due to the fact that a lot of people in the world are religious and therefore if an enitity wanted to cause fear one choice would be to attack their religion because it is something that can have a very direct and desired effect.

I've given these examples and my opinion in order to simply state that you must always keep an open yet sceptic mind when reading information from others, especially on topics such as these. Use your own intuition, and always go through life with the knowing that everything you believe in could be wrong. If we didn't do this, we'd still be performing surgery at a medieval level rather than our modern way, for example. We are always evovling our knowledge and what we think is right today may be wrong tomorrow.

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carolinew
Feb 19, 2016

I liked the writing style. I enjoyed the candid discussions and answers provided by both Ed and Lorraine. I found the book both informative and enlightening. Very good read.

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grouchykitty
Dec 02, 2015

I thought I was tough, but reading this had me sleeping with the Bible, cat, a teddy bear and the light on.

This is a very readable and intensely scary book. I was looking to be scared. I got scared for once and now I have decided that I don't like the feeling.

My next read will likely involve talking cats or guys who sparkle in the sunlight. After this book I need a break from scary.

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Wattage
May 24, 2015

Fascinating but scary. Really well written with really good anecdotes to illustrate the information.

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