Abusa Chimwala’s exorcism

Demons, Barth, and the Church of Central Africa (Presbyterian)

Authors

  • Blair Bertrand Zomba Theological College, Zomba, Malawi

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/stj.2019.v5n3.a11

Abstract

This paper relates Karl Barth’s demonology to an exorcism performed by a minister of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. Despite receiving a theological education in the Reformed tradition, the minister had not formally studied demonology from a Reformed perspective. Karl Barth, a Swiss Reformed theologian, illuminates what it was that the minister encountered and how this exorcism can be understood within a broader Christian cosmology. In addition, Barth’s nuanced theological approach helps the minister to chart a path forward so the possessed young woman can experience freedom and life in all of its fullness.

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Published

2020-01-20

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General Articles • Algemene Artikels