Are atheists subject to possession by daemonic entities?
Such a question requires serious contemplation. What follows is a mere meditation upon the issue.
If we assume the general Abrahamic view of daemonic entities as ‘sinister’ and ‘malevolent,’ then surely the atheist is a prime candidate for daemonic attack. What greater distress and terror is possible to inflicted than to combine the act of possession, with the aim of integration, with a complete destruction of the atheistic belief system. Surely, for a malevolent entity, the mental anguish caused by such an invasive destruction of the belief system would create a perfect maelstrom of emotional and psychological confusion and energy upon which to attach itself.
The atheist may suggest that to the contrary, it is the belief in deity that allows for the belief in daemons. Such is a common rationale as to why it is commonly those who fervently believe in deity, inclusive of the malevolent intentions of Satan and his daemonic hoard, that succumb to daemonic possession whilst atheists suffer no such attack.
The question is then thus: is theological belief the enabler of daemonic possession?
If we accept the nature of daemonic possession to be the presence or direct influence of an invasive consciousness into the individual, then we denote that it is something other than the ‘normal’ condition of being. Without digress into the notion that the soul itself is a supernatural entity, integrated with the host body, the core notion of an alternate and invasive conscious personality then holds similarity with schizophrenia.
We must then ask if the atheist is equally susceptible to the same ‘attack,’ labelling such as a psychological schizophrenia where the Abrahamic adherent labels such as daemonic possession. Without a true knowledge, a noesis as to the nature of the consciousness we term ‘the self,’ then ultimately, we are subject to restrictive assignment of labels in accordance with our belief systems. The atheist belief system labels in the terms of scientism, whilst the theist may label in the terms of their theology. Regardless of the label, without rationalised knowledge, we remain trapped within the cave of illusion and eikasia, at most pistis. We have little hope for the attainment of noesis until we can abandon our labels of belief and embark upon the great pursuit of truth.