New chapters in the warfare of science

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byAndrew Dickson White

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887. Excerpt: ... for one of the bells of St. Peter's, and to have issued a bull for the baptizing of bells "to cleanse the air of devils." This idea was rapidly developed, and we soon find it supported in ponderous treatises, spread widely in sermons, and popularized in multitudes of inscriptions cast upon the bells themselves. This branch of theological literature may still be studied in multitudes of churchtowers throughout Europe. A bell at Basel bears the inscription, "Ad fugandos demones." Another, in Lugano, declares "The sound of this bell vanquishes tempests, repels demons, and summons men." Another, at the Cathedral of Erfurt, declares that it can "ward off lightning and malignant demons." f A peal in the Jesuit church at the university town of Pont-a-Mousson bore the words, "They praise God, put to flight the clouds, affright the demons, and call the people." This is dated 1634. Another bell in that part of France declares, "It is I who dissipate the thunders" (Ego sum qui dissipo tonitrua). Another, in one of the forest cantons of Switzerland, bears a doggerel couplet, which may be thus translated: "On the devil my spite I'll vent, And, God helping, bad weather prevent." Very common were inscriptions embodying this doctrine in sonorous Latin. In accordance with this doctrine, there grew up a ritual for the consecration of bells. Knollys, in his quaint translation of the old chronicler Sleidan, gives us the usage in the simple English of the middle of the sixteenth century: "In lyke sorte as churches are the belles used. And first, forsouth, they must hange so, as the Byshop may goe round about them. Whiche after he hath sayde certen Psalmes, he consecrateth water and salte, and mingleth them together, wherwith he washeth the belle diligently both within and w...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887. Excerpt: ... for one of the bells of St. Peter's, and to have issued a bull for the baptizing of bells "to cleanse the air of devils." Thi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217516742

ISBN - 13:9780217516747

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