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By Brian Welter, Crisis Magazine, April 24, 2021

Brian Welter has degrees in history, theology, and (soon) education. He is a Canadian who teaches in Taiwan. His interests include history, philosophy, and critical thinking.

Fr. Vincent Lampert (2020) Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-64585-061-8. 163 pages.

Experienced exorcist Fr. Vincent Lampert provides pastoral
, theological, spiritual, and biblical insights into the nature and purpose of the Rite of Exorcism. He bases the discussion on his own experience and on the biblical witness, mostly from the Gospel of Mark. The Gospel depicts the reality of evil during the New Testament era and how Jesus triumphantly confronted it. The New Testament world was infested with demons.

While Lampert evaluates at length the nature of the devil and his minions, Exorcism: The Battle Against Satan and His Demons ultimately offers hope because it focuses on the fact that Jesus came to release people from demonic power. The devil is only a creature of God. Good always outweighs evil. Exorcism, perhaps surprisingly, can in fact be a way to evangelize, as it shows the power and love of God not only to those facing demonic attack but also to their family members and friends. …