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Religion and the decline of magic

Author: Keith Thomas
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1971.
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Religion & the Decline of Magic is Keith Thomas's classic history of the magical beliefs held by people on every level of English society in the 16th and 17th centuries and how these beliefs were a part of the religious and scientific assumptions of the time. It is not only a major historical and religious work, but a thoroughly enjoyable book filled with fascinating facts and original insights into an area of human  Read more...
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Thomas, Keith, 1933-
Religion and the decline of magic.
New York, Scribner [1971]
(OCoLC)624469756
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Thomas
ISBN: 0684106027 9780684106021 0684145421 9780684145426
OCLC Number: 146184
Description: xviii, 716 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : 1. The Environment --
Religion : --
2. The Magic of the Medieval Church --
3. The Impact of the Reformation --
4. Providence --
5. Prayer and Prophecy --
6. Religion and the People --
Magic : --
7. Magical Healing --
8. Cunning Men and Popular Magic --
9. Magic and Religion --
Astrology : --
10. Astrology: its Practice and Extent --
11. Astrology: its Social and Intellectual Role --
12. Astrology and Religion --
The appeal to the past : --
13. Ancient Prophecies --
Witchcraft : --
14. Witchcraft in England: the Crime and its History --
15. Witchcraft and Religion --
16. The Making of a Witch --
17. Witchcraft and its Social Environment --
18. Witchcraft: Decline --
Allied beliefs : --
19. Ghosts and Fairies --
20. Times and Omens --
Conclusion : --
21. Some Interconnections --
22. The Decline of Magic.
Other Titles: Religion & the decline of magic
Responsibility: Keith Thomas.

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Religion & the Decline of Magic is Keith Thomas's classic history of the magical beliefs held by people on every level of English society in the 16th and 17th centuries and how these beliefs were a part of the religious and scientific assumptions of the time. It is not only a major historical and religious work, but a thoroughly enjoyable book filled with fascinating facts and original insights into an area of human nature that remains controversial today- the belief in the supernatural that still continues in the modern world.

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