TRYALS OF THE NEW-ENGLAND WITCHES:--
A True Narrative, collected by Deodat Lawson, relating to Sundry Persons afflicted by Witchcraft, from the 19th of March to the 5th of April, 1692 201
Remarks of Things more than Ordinary about the Afflicted Persons 211
Remarks concerning the Accused 212
A Further Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches, sent in a Letter from thence, to a Gentleman in London 214
CASES OF CONSCIENCE CONCERNING EVIL SPIRITS PERSONATING MEN, ETC.:--
An Address to the Christian Reader by Fourteen Influential Gentlemen 221
CASES OF CONSCIENCE CONCERNING WITCHCRAFTS 225
The First Case proposed, Whether or not may Satan appear in the Shape of an Innocent and Pious, as well as of a Nocent and Wicked Person, to afflict such as suffer by Diabolical Molestation? 225
The Affirmative proved from Six Arguments:--
1. From Several Scriptures 225
2. Because it is possible for the Devil, in the Shape of Innocent
Cotton Mather put himself in the hands of an angry god whilst threat and entreaty often failed to scare his flock to follow. The thing we must remember in reading this and other works about this very dark period of our history and the resultant corruption of christianity is that these pathetic, frightened and weak belivers were actually the sons and daughters of the founders of our "new world" and our nation. It is always so much easier to blame the weak and helpless than solve our own problems with positive and constructive behavior. Worth reading if you are not familiar with Mather and his puritanical murders and fanatics. Thanks to ManyBooks for providing this.
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