I don't know why we think the modern scientific world view about demons is true. Our ancestors were not dumb, in fact they may have been in touch with reality on a deeper level than we in the modern world are. We now know of the micro world, where there is an almost infinite amount of life, much of it dangerous to humans. So why not beings who are 'higher' than us. More intelligent, some evil others good. Because of their intelligence, when they made their choice for self centered existence, it was total, so they are only concerned with themselves, and those who have given themselves over to evil we call demons. When in reality, like bacteria and virus they are another form of life. There is a vast amount of literature that deals with this reality and I don't like it much. So perhaps we are hunted, sought after to be overtaken and to become their prisoners for eternity if we allow ourselves to become evil like them.
The catholic church is mocked a lot here, and on some grounds it deserves it. However there is a lot of experience with the demonic within the church, and even though for the last 50 years the church has on many levels sought to distance themselves from this so called 'outmoded idea', yet it is coming back....why.....because the demonic is real, terrifying and exorcism can work, though not in the way Hollywood likes to depict it. Though I have met intelligent priest who have experienced many strange things from those possessed.
We are a shallow people, we think we know more than we actually do when it comes to the so called paranormal world.....when it fact it is just normal, a very real part of our world. Today studies are being done to show that reality is wider and deeper than we can know. I don't expect anyone to change their minds on what I write here, and I hope, no one who mocks such things will ever have to fact such a reality. For it is vicious, cold, unloving and wishes only to devour.....that is what evil does.
All cultures have stories about intelligent evil, and ways to deal with it. Like I said, we are very naive, at least in my opinion in our cavalier attitude about what is actually our there. Also, the world is not much better now than it was in the middle ages.....at least on how we treat each other. We may have an idea about human values, and human rights, but they seldom reach a level in how we actually treat each other. The 20th century, which was very secular was the bloodiest we have ever seen, I doubt the 21st will be much different. Sin is another outmoded idea, as well as the need of grace and mercy.....outmoded means nothing, just a passing long lasting fad of any one culture at any one time.
I guess priests with good conscience would lament on this. At least some priests have strong humanistic tendencies and they do not like to lean on supernatural miracles.
The problem my friend is that these tragic events do happen in peoples lives. Good priest are the ones who deal with it, some to deadly effect on their lives. We are no more intelligent than our ancestors, though we have more understanding of science, in other areas we are perhaps more deficient.
I don't know why we think the modern scientific world view about demons is true. Our ancestors were not dumb, in fact they may have been in touch with reality on a deeper level than we in the modern world are. We now know of...