The Wonders of the Invisible World

Being an Account of the Tryals of Several Witches Lately Executed in New-England, to which is added A Farther Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches

Author: Cotton Mather
Co-author: Increase Mather
Published: 1862
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,442 / 262 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.1
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 3,590
Added to site: 2009.04.07
mnybks.net#: 23877
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Occult
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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

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2012.03.06
Rob Reader
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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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