BATTLING DARKNESS is the ultimate on camera investigation into the world of spiritual warfare. Prior to 1973, Satan seemed all but dead and gone, the causality of a modernist mindset. But with Linda Blair's disturbing performance in The Exorcist, Satan returned with a vengeance and since then films about demonic possession have fascinated viewers worldwide. However, was the visage of Satan that returned Biblical or distorted? And how have these images influenced society's view of the demonic and spiritual warfare? In this thought provoking documentary, these questions are examined with objectivity and insight from psychologists, modern-day exorcists and leading voices in Christianity.
Get the full 30 minute interview with Mother Melania who is the superior of Holy Assumption Monastery in northern California. They belong to the Orthodox Church in America which has its roots in the Russian Tradition. Her research says that mental illness was understood 300 years before Christ and would not have been confused for demon possession.
"In our day and age we are doing pretty much what the demons want us to do, so they would be really stupid to come out in obvious force. So if there’s anything that I would like to get across in this is that where our spiritual warfare is, is in our day to day life of am I loving the Lord my God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength and my neighbour as myself, or am I just going around my life thinking I’m not really hurting anybody but just doing what I want to do in a way that is taking me away from God and away from love."
Mother Melania (Salem) is the Superior of the Holy Assumption Orthodox Monastery (OCA) in Calistoga, Ca. She holds the Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Durham, England. She has been a monastic since 1999. She is the author of the series of children’s books entitled Fearless the Fire Duck ...