By natural means : Magia Naturalis and sorcery in Swedish lutheran discourse : Ericus Johannis Prytz and the Magia incantatrix (1632)

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Publication Conference Paper, other
Title By natural means : Magia Naturalis and sorcery in Swedish lutheran discourse : Ericus Johannis Prytz and the Magia incantatrix (1632)
Author(s) Kjellgren, Martin
Date 2012
English abstract
In 1610s, the province of Östergötland would become the scene of the first large-scale witch-hunts in early modern Sweden. Traditionally, these persecutions and trials have been taken as examples of how magical practices were indiscriminately rejected by orthodox clergymen, who strived to root out not only the ‘popish leaven’ among their congregations, but all ‘superstition’ wherewith the devil strived to deceive humankind. In contemporary texts, it is also possible to see how the clergy regarded themselves as the soldiers of God, fighting against the demonic forces that lured Christian people into apostasy in the final age. Yet as is discussed in this paper, the ‘orthodox’ view on magic, exemplified by the writings of the clergyman Ericus Johannis Prytz (1587-1637), was far more complex, and with much more in common with the intellectual traditions of the Renaissance, than is usually assumed.
Pages 1-9
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Lutheranism
Magic
Religion
Orthodoxy
Renaissance
Witchcraft
Natural Philosophy
Reformation
Apocalypticism
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note Inaugural Conference for The Nordic Network for Renaissance Studies. Copenhagen, 10th-12th October 2012
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15891 (link to this page)
Link http://nnrs.ku.dk/conference/ (external link to related web page)

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