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Letter: Demons in Holmes case?

Alberto Alvarez
Glenwood Springs

On July 30th edition there is an interesting article about the childhood life of James Holmes, the shooter at the Arvada theater. The article shows the happy early years and bright life of Holmes and how it turned at some point to a different person.

All the articles I have read in relation with this case make reference to the “mentally ill subject,” the medical diagnosis of a latent or pre-existing medical/organic condition to explain the fatality of the outcome. In modern times, science is the explanation or justification for all what we cannot explain.

Two hundred years ago when science was not the ruling truth of daily life, there were other criteria to explain such aberrant phenomena, and it was based on spiritual or religious points of view. Demonic possession or control on the person involved in the incident explains why a naive-born person with a healthy early life can turn at some point in life to do wrong things.

It does not matter if there is some kind of organic/medical ailment; the point is, a bad spirit or demon possesses the person using some kind of susceptibility present at birth or that just happen in the person’s life (any kind of Freudian complex, emotional crises, disease, etc.), and twist the previous healthy life in a sorrow that can become a criminal.

Among the institutions or people who have a major influence in the judgment of bizarre cases like this one, does no one have the knowledge or faith to recognize demonic interference in the behavior to explain such bizarre fatalities, which are not part of a healthy self in which we are born and grow into until the non-self interferes?

I mean, science and religion are two different things and lead to two different judgments or truth. If religion was not able to evolve to a higher truth that absolve the individual from the wrong behavior, science neither has the explanation for what is not its subject of study.


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