How are we to understand the world in which we live?
Francis MacNutt, a leading Catholic authority on the Church’s Ministry of Healing, asks:
‘Do we believe in the existence of a spirit world, populated with angels and evil spirits? Or would we rather not think about it? How do we see the world in which we live? The predominant world-view of the West since the so-called Enlightenment of 200 years ago has been scientific rationalism – if something cannot be seen, measured or proved through reason, it simply does not exist – or at the very least should be doubted. However this has been changing with the advent of New Age spirituality and a rising interest in the occult. Jesus assumed the existence of a spirit world – so much so that a major theme of his preaching highlighted the clash between two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. The question is, which world view is the correct one – the world view of Jesus or the world of the society into which we were born?’
Deliverance from Evil Spirits published by Hodder and Stoughton.