For some reason, Pastor Michael Mohr and University of Kentucky adjunct professor Kenneth D. Royal surveyed 170 self-professed exorcists (PDF) to get an idea of what they believe.
(Had they asked me, I could’ve just said “in bullshit” and saved them all this trouble…)
Anyway, here’s what they found:
… today’s self-professed exorcists don’t see [“casting out demons”] as special or complicated. That is, most believe any mature Christian can cast out demons, and that no special items — water, oil, or crucifixes — are needed beyond the authority of Jesus’ name.
Here’s the infographic with the results, because you know you want to see people argue over the colors of unicorns’ horns:
Who knows how representative these exorcists are of the general exorcist population, but the fact that anyone thinks they have some special power is horrifying.
(via Christianity Today)