Cases of conscience concerning evil spirits personating men, witchcrafts, infallible proofs of guilt in such as are accused with that crime. All...

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Cases of conscience concerning evil spirits personating men, witchcrafts, infallible proofs of guilt in such as are accused with that crime. All...

Cases of conscience concerning evil spirits personating men, witchcrafts, infallible proofs of guilt in such as are accused with that crime. All...

  • Title: Cases of conscience concerning evil spirits personating men, witchcrafts, infallible proofs of guilt in such as are accused with that crime. All...
  • Author: Increase Mather
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 133
  • Format: Kindle Edition



SO Odious and Abominable is the name of a Witch, to the Civilized, much the Religious part of Mankind, that it is apt to grow up into a Scandal for any, so much as to enter some sober cautions against the over hasty suspecting, or too precipitant Judging of Persons on this account But certainly, the execrable the Crime is, the Critical care is to be used i SO Odious and Abominable is the name of a Witch, to the Civilized, much the Religious part of Mankind, that it is apt to grow up into a Scandal for any, so much as to enter some sober cautions against the over hasty suspecting, or too precipitant Judging of Persons on this account But certainly, the execrable the Crime is, the Critical care is to be used in the exposing of the Names, Liberties, and Lives of men especially of a Godly Conversation to the imputation of it The awful hand of God now upon us, in letting loose of evil Angels among us to perpetrate such horrid Mischiefs and suffering of Hells instruments, to do such fearfull things as have bin scarce heard of hath put serious persons into deep Musings, and upon curious enquiries what is to be done for the detecting and defeating of this tremendous design of the grand Adversary and, though all that fear God are agreed, That no evil is to be done, that Good may come of it yet hath the Devil obtained not a little of his design, in the divisions of Reuben, about the application of this Rule This is an edition of a classical book first published in the eighteenth century.


Recent Comments "Cases of conscience concerning evil spirits personating men, witchcrafts, infallible proofs of guilt in such as are accused with that crime. All..."

An excellent theological treatise on the nature of witchcraft as a means to afflict the innocent. Mather's offers a well reasoned, for a Puritan, argument as to why it would be feasible for the Devil to have impersonated innocent persons in order to see them condemned for witchcraft. His guidance, as with that of his son, Cotton, would be largely unheard in 1692 as such would have meant the unthinkable breaking of ranks between the judiciary and the divines. For an insight into the Puritan theol [...]


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