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Joseph P. Laycock

Joseph P. Laycock is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Joseph P. Laycock

The real priest behind ‘The Pope’s Exorcist’ was a fan of Hollywood horror films

By Joseph P. Laycock — May 5, 2023
(The Conversation) — How did blockbuster horror films such as ‘The Exorcist’ help the church warm to the controversial ritual?

What’s behind the enduring popularity of crystals?

By Joseph P. Laycock — July 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Crystals are part of a larger tradition of metaphysical religions that have a long history in the U.S.

The Catholic Church’s views on exorcism have changed – a religious studies scholar explains why

By Joseph P. Laycock — May 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — In the 1960s, the Catholic Church sought to downplay demonic possession, but its views since then have changed.

Why are people calling Bitcoin a religion?

By Joseph P. Laycock — February 7, 2022
(The Conversation) — With mantras, a mysterious founder and promises of societal salvation, there are echoes of religious traditions in the cryptocurrency.

How the Satanic Temple is using ‘abortion rituals’ to claim religious liberty against the Texas’ ‘heartbeat bill’

By Joseph P. Laycock — September 23, 2021
(The Conversation) — The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic group, is invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to challenge Texas’ new anti-abortion law.
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