Suppose that the phenomena historically associated with demonic possession can be explained as psychotic symptoms. That would not tempt us in the slightest to adopt reductionist theoretical identities like:
- Belial = Psychotic Condition X
- Asmodeus = Psychotic Condition Y
That's because it makes an indispensable contribution to a literal and complete account of Everything That Is So.
Thomas F. Pyne
Department of Philosophy