On Witchcraft 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

  • Title: On Witchcraft
  • Author: Cotton Mather
  • ISBN: 9780486444130
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tIn 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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    1. Cotton Mather

      Cotton Mather A.B 1678 Harvard College , A.M 1681 honorary doctorate 1710 University of Glasgow , was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author, and pamphleteer Cotton Mather was the son of influential minister Increase Mather He is often remembered for his connection to the Salem witch trials.Mather was named after his grandfathers, both paternal Richard Mather and maternal John Cotton He attended Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1678, at only 16 years of age After completing his post graduate work, he joined his father as assistant Pastor of Boston s original North Church not to be confused with the Anglican Episcopal Old North Church It was not until his father s death, in 1723, that Mather assumed full responsibilities as Pastor at the Church.Author of than 450 books and pamphlets, Cotton Mather s ubiquitous literary works made him one of the most influential religious leaders in America Mather set the nation s moral tone, and sounded the call for second and third generation Puritans, whose parents had left England for the New England colonies of North America to return to the theological roots of Puritanism.

    524 thoughts on “On Witchcraft”

    1. Full text available at a fantastic Salem Witchcraft Trials website, etextrginia/salem/witch , along with all of the original court transcriptions and other books.


    2. First let me say: I skimmed a lot of this book. It becomes redundant after a time, notably all the recounts of the trails are about the same. And most of his explanations are similar: in the trails, the bewitched were afraid and fell into fits, everyone was scared who saw it, but when they bind ed the accused the bewitched calmed down; in his explanation about witches: they are real, Satan is behind it, happens in Europe too, Satan is attacking us because we are good people. However, I think thi [...]


    3. Mathers states in his preface, that his critics are simply siding with the devil. I entered this invaluably informative book already feeling slighted, should I dislike his work. The first chapters provide entertaining perspective, but then the chapters mid-book go on and on about the biblical devil, and the interpretation of his actions. Most of the sentences here read blah, blah, blah. The final chapters feature court proceedings, and level the evidence against the accused. Mathers states that [...]


    4. Read a download of part of Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World. It is very frightening that the thinking that went into the idiocy depicted in this work detailing the Puritan witch trials continues to influence the American character.


    5. Interesting to see the thinking of people back then and read what happened. A bit too preachy at times and hard to understand due to the old language but intriguing nonetheless.



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