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The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England / Edition 1
     

The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England / Edition 1

by Richard Godbeer
 

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ISBN-10: 0521466709

ISBN-13: 9780521466707

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Early New Englanders used magical techniques to divine the future, to heal the sick, to protect against harm and to inflict harm. Protestant ministers of the time claimed that religious faith and magical practice were incompatible, and yet, as Richard Godbeer shows, there were significant affinities between the two that enabled layfolk to switch from one to the

Overview

Early New Englanders used magical techniques to divine the future, to heal the sick, to protect against harm and to inflict harm. Protestant ministers of the time claimed that religious faith and magical practice were incompatible, and yet, as Richard Godbeer shows, there were significant affinities between the two that enabled layfolk to switch from one to the other without any immediate sense of wrongdoing. Godbeer argues that the different perspectives on witchcraft engendered by magical tradition and Puritan doctrine often caused confusion and disagreement when New Englanders sought legal punishment of witches.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521466707
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction; 1. 'Magical experiments': divining, healing and destroying in seventeenth-century New England; 2. 'The serpent that lies in the grass unseen': clerical and lay opposition to magic; 3. 'Entertaining Satan': sin, suffering, and countermagic; 4. 'Sinful curiosity': astrological discourse in early New England; 5. 'Insufficient grounds for conviction': witchcraft, the courts, and countermagic; 6. 'Rape of a whole colony': the 1692 witch-hunt; Epilogue; Appendices.

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