I am not sure where I stand on the idea of the Devil and exorcism, and I will say up front that I have yet to see the movie, The Rite. I am intrigued, however by Arni Zachariassen overview of the movie on his blog “I Think I Believe”
He states, “The Rite does treat the issues relating to religion and science with noteworthy depth. Much of the film’s plot and drama revolves around classic questions of religion versus science (Does religion begin where science ends? Is exorcism a last resort when psychology has failed? How do you know when you’ve reached the end of psychology? How do you tell the difference between a severely deluded paranoid schizophrenic and a person possessed by demons? Is demon possession reducible to psychotic delusion and exorcism to (what I’ve called) highly contextual psychosomatic self-therapy?) and they are handled with a good degree of ambiguity throughout.”
Zachariasse’s review stands in contrast to others I have noted in the Related Articles section below. Still, I am thinking that my curiosity will get the best of me, and I will have to see the movie.