Satan As A Moral Philosopher; With Other Essays And Sketches

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byCaleb Sprague Henry

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... IV. THE PHILOSOPHY OF WITCHCEAFT. The mention of the word Witchcraft probably suggests at first to most persons in our country only the recollection of the tragic scenes enacted in the year 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts, and in the neighboring towns where, during the brief frenzy of fanatic excitement that prevailed, nineteen or twenty persons were judicially convicted and hung for this fantastic and impossible crime. Those who have not studied the history of Witchcraft at large can have but little notion what an exceedingly small chapter in that history the story of the "Salem Witchcraft" forms; and they are likely enough to imagine that the people among whom such atrocious and revolting scenes could possibly take place, must be regarded as the greatest fools and bigots the world ever saw; and they need to be reminded that it is idle and unjust to demand that the bulk of the people of any generation should be wiser and better than the wisdom and goodness of their age. The witch-hanging Puritans of New England were no more fools and bigots than every country of Europe was full of at that time and had been full of for centuries before. And the number of persons put to death in New England was as nothing to the hundreds of thousands that fell victims to the fanatic delusion that prevailed throughout Europe. It is well to remember that while the belief in witchcraft--in the sense in which it is taken in modern faith and legislation--belongs exclusively to the period since the beginning of the Christian era, yet in the earlier centuries of that era and during the Middle Ages comparatively few prosecutions for the crime occurred. It is a significant fact that after the Bull of Pope Innocent VIII, in 1484, calling upon the Inquisition to use all godly diligence ...

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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. 1877. Excerpt: ... IV. THE PHILOSOPHY OF WITCHCEAFT. The mention of the word Witchcraft probably suggests at first to most persons in our country...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217551521

ISBN - 13:9780217551526

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