On Witchcraft (Dover Occult)

November 26, 2015 - Comment

In this fascinating account of witches and devils in colonial America, the renowned and influential minister of Boston’s Old North Church attempts to justify his role in the Salem witch trials. A true believer in the devil’s battle to get converts in Salem and other Massachusetts towns during the late seventeenth century, Mather also believed

In this fascinating account of witches and devils in colonial America, the renowned and influential minister of Boston’s Old North Church attempts to justify his role in the Salem witch trials. A true believer in the devil’s battle to get converts in Salem and other Massachusetts towns during the late seventeenth century, Mather also believed the fantastic accusations of those who accused their neighbors of witchcraft.
The theologian’s book, first published in 1692, provides readers with guidelines for discovering witches, explanations for how good Christians are tempted by the devil to become witches, and methods of resisting such temptation. The great Boston minister also provides testimony from a number of similar trials, describes instances of witchcraft in other countries, and explains the devil’s predicament in dealing with Christianity.
Essential reading for students of the Salem witch trials, On Witchcraft will intrigue anyone interested in early American social and cultural history.

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Avid Reader says:

Historically Important I originally bought this book to explore the mentality that lead to some of the strangest behaviors in our history (as Americans). It is important to understand the thoughts and drive of people during different times in history and reading the materials that were driving peoples thoughts, actions and what philosopies and lines of reasoning people were using at the time teaches us a lot about the human condition and history. Mather’s are among important reads, not to follow his reasoning, but to…

Frank Hills says:

EYE OPENER 0

Anonymous says:

Mather’s blood flows in my veins. My Puritan ancestor who gave me my name landed in Boston in 1632. Two Mathers went to view the famous Salem whitchcraft trials. I learned the beginnings of history in grade school texts which had been “sanitized”, to be polite about it.Going to the original source is much more illuminating! I did not realize the aristrocacy of that colony, which the Mathers were, meant he had considerable Latin and some Greek. I am an attorney,former Prof of Law, and wish to…

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