College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts (MA)
NACO controlled Corporate Body
University of North Florida. Department of History
Dr. Chau Kelly
Dr. Alison Bruey
Dr. Charles Closmann
This thesis highlights the historical link between people with epilepsy (PWE) and demonic possession. The discussion traces origins of these views from antiquity to the contemporary era, foregrounding media and scholarship that emphasizes the negative perceptions of PWE developed through Christian teaching and imagery. It explores the question of whether the social isolation, abuse, and violence committed against PWE, through Christian faith healing practices such as exorcism, developed in relation to these stigmatizing views and whether these constitute a human rights violation in accordance with conventions put forth by the United Nations.
Pechillo, Marisa L., "In God's hands: Faith healing, epilepsy, and the question of human rights" (2023). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 1184.