The Exorcist Depicts Faith as Antidote to Evil

by Wesley J. Smith

Fox Television’s The Exorcist tells a different story than the 1971 best selling novel and 1973 movie of the same name.  

I feared the television program would not be up to the quality and feel of the original. But it is. The show has very real scares and takes faith very seriously. Here’s the conclusion to my review over at First Things:

Like all good serials, each episode of The Exorcist leaves viewers wanting more.

The acting by the entire ensemble is excellent. And while properly considered a morality play, it doesn’t preach or try to convert. Rather, it follows the flawed efforts of terrified people who, out of faith and love, willingly “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Many programs depict evil as real, of course. But only rarely do we see an unabashed presentation of practiced religion as the antidote. If you don’t mind sleeping with the lights on, The Exorcist is must-see television.

On a barely related note, I am beginning to think that we need an exorcist to free us from this election. Perhaps that will be the subject of Season 2.

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