“The conviction that demons exist—and that they exist to harass, derange, and smite human beings—stretches back as far as religion itself … But far from being confined to a past of Demiurges and evil eyes, belief in demonic possession is widespread in the United States today. Polls conducted in recent decades by Gallup and the data firm YouGov suggest that roughly half of Americans believe demonic possession is real. The percentage who believe in the devil is even higher, and in fact has been growing: Gallup polls show that the number rose from 55 percent in 1990 to 70 percent in 2007.” Even with robots taking over our jobs, there are a few industries where you’ll still see help wanted signs hanging in the window. For example, if you’ve ever considered going into the exorcism business, this is your moment. In The Atlantic, Mike Mariani shares a story that, oddly enough, seems perfectly timed for holiday-season family get togethers and Black Friday shopping sprees. American Exorcism. “Priests are fielding more requests than ever for help with demonic possession, and a centuries-old practice is finding new footing in the modern world.”

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