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theology & witchcraft

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Casaubon, Meric (1599-1671)
Of credulity and incredulity in things natural, civil, and divine : wherein, among other things, the sadducism of these times, in denying spirits, witches, and supernatural operations, by pregnant instances and evidences, is fully confuted : Epicurus his cause, discussed, and the jugling and false dealing, lately used to bring him and atheism, into credit, clearly dicovered : the use and necessity of ancient learning, against the innovating humour, all along proved, and asserted.
London : Printed for T. Garthwait ..., 1668.

Image from Casaubon's Of credulity and incredulity

Meric Casaubon, son of Isaac Casaubon one of Renaissance Europe's great scholars, was himself an erudite scholar whose criticisms of the new science inspired Sprat's History of the Royal Society (included in The New Science section of this exhibition). In this work on witchcraft he examines arguments for and against a belief in witches and other occult phenomena, siding with the view that Christians must believe in them or else depart with all beliefs in the supernatural.

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