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The Phantom World

or, The philosophy of spirits, apparitions, &c, &c.

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Author: Augustin Calmet
Published: 1850
Language: English
Wordcount: 193,240 / 567 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.8
LoC Category: BF
Downloads: 2,521
Added to site: 2009.07.15 24703
Genre: Psychology

An English translation of "Dissertations sur les apparitions des anges, des dmons et des esprits."

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of the means used, and was scarcely aware of the wickedness of the age in which he lived, might easily be induced to credit the tales told him of demons expelled by the power of a church, to which in the beginning an authority to do so had undoubtedly been given, and whose awful corruptions were to him at least greatly veiled.

Calmet was a man of great integrity and considerable acumen, but he passed an innocent and exemplary life in studious seclusion; he mixed little with the world at large, resided remote "from courts, and camps, and strife of war or peace;" and there appears occasionally in his writings a kind of nervous apprehension lest the dogmas of the church to which he was pledged should be less capable than he could wish of satisfactory investigation. When he meets with tales like those of the vampires or vroucolacas, which concern only what he considered a heretical church, and with which, therefore, he might deal according to his own will--apply to them the ordinary rules of evidence, and



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