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Joseph P. Laycock

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

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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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