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Recognizing Demons

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Peter had succeeded in freeing the Roman senator Marcellus from the influence of Simon the Magician. The senator reconverted to the Christian faith and Peter pronounced a prayer for him in the presence of a large crowd. During this prayer he saw that a man was smiling a bit mockingly. This was caused by 'a most mischievous demon', whom Peter ordered to leave the man without doing him any harm. This chapter asks questions: how could the presence of a demon be detected? Which signs should one understand? Having exposed the evil spirit, both Apollonius and Peter needed a clear outward sign which proved their detection in an irrefutable way: the demons were really there and it had been necessary to get rid of them. But how were they able to perceive what nobody else had observed?.

Keywords: Apollonius; Christian; evil spirits; Peter; recognizing demons; senator Marcellus



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