The Exorcism of Emily RoseIs It really a true story "The Exorcism of Emily Rose"?How can it be possible? I have seen the movie and I want to know about Emily Rose? 

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I especially agree with #4 in that spiritual questions cannot be answered with concrete evidence that would back up documentation. There is, however, a new development in the study of Spirituality and even UCLA and other institutions are taking seriously these topics.

You might want to google spirituality and folklore, demonology, and the history of exorcism.

Now, as to your specific question. I do not think that 6 demons can enter a person's body. I do think that it is a higher probability that someone may have damage to their temporal, frontal, and other lobes in the brain, or the Petit Mals mentioned previously, and this form of damage usually represents itself with hallucinations, paranoia, terrors, and obsessions that manifest in the body.

I think, however, that the importance of the case of exorcism in this specific scenario is not so much whether the girl was really possesed by the devil, but the fact that the priest did do what he (as a priest) was ordained to do, and his following the rules from God got him in massive trouble with the rules of men.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I think these are spiritual questions that really cannot be answered with factual certainty. No one could prove scientifically these things happened, and no one could prove scientifically they didn't. The movie no doubt took this approach to emphasize the unknown, create drama and mystery, build suspense, and develop spiritual themes.  Some people believe in the reality of demons; others don't. These are personal spiritual beliefs.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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A quick internet search shows that the film was based on a book, The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel, by Dr. Felicitas Goodman; the book tells the story of events leading to the death of Anneliese Michel, who was born in Germany in 1952 and died in 1976 of malnutrition and dehydration.

Apparently Anneliese experienced Grand Mal seizures and later showed symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. Then she became suicidal. Her parents had become convinced that she was possessed, gave up on conventional medical treatments, and turned to exorcism.

Father Moore in the movie is a fictional character based on two real priests who performed the rites of exorcism 67 times over a 10-month period before the girl's death.

I haven't seen the movie, but I'm sure, since it is a movie and not a historical documentary, the script surely must have deviated from actual events for dramatic purposes. Movies are fiction forms, even when they are based upon real events. Being "based upon" is not the same thing as nonfiction.

Here's the website that presents the facts above. I'm not familiar with it, but it seems reliable.

http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/emilyrose.php

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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What is told in the movies is fiction and not facts. But occurrences like the one shown in the movie do happen. There are enough documented evidence to prove that. However, whether the condition like that of Emily Rose is due to possession by some evil spirits, and whether exorcism, really drives away those reality cannot be proved by science. This does not automatically mean that these are false belief, it only means that so far science has not been able to provide a conclusive explanation for it. Lack of scientific proof of existence or otherwise of exorcism, is attributable as much to limitation of science as to real nature of exorcism.

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cherrybhatnagar | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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A quick internet search shows that the film was based on a book, The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel, by Dr. Felicitas Goodman; the book tells the story of events leading to the death of Anneliese Michel, who was born in Germany in 1952 and died in 1976 of malnutrition and dehydration.

Apparently Anneliese experienced Grand Mal seizures and later showed symptoms of schizophrenia and depression. Then she became suicidal. Her parents had become convinced that she was possessed, gave up on conventional medical treatments, and turned to exorcism.

Father Moore in the movie is a fictional character based on two real priests who performed the rites of exorcism 67 times over a 10-month period before the girl's death.

I haven't seen the movie, but I'm sure, since it is a movie and not a historical documentary, the script surely must have deviated from actual events for dramatic purposes. Movies are fiction forms, even when they are based upon real events. Being "based upon" is not the same thing as nonfiction.

Here's the website that presents the facts above. I'm not familiar with it, but it seems reliable.

http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/emilyrose.php

Thank you for your answer but is it possible that six demons can enter into your body as told in movie and it was true that she met the God?

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