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Balthazar BEKKER
1695 WITCHCRAFT Bekker CHRISTIANITY Theology ENLIGHTENMENT 1st English Edition
1695. [Theology] ~ BEKKER, Balthazar The World Bewitch'd; or, An Examination of the Common Opinions concerning spirits: Their Nature, Power, Administration, and Operations. As also, The Effects Men are able to produce by their Communication. Divided into IV Parts...Translated from a French Copy, approved of and subscribed by the Author's own Hand [London]. Printed for R. Baldwin, 1695. 12mo. [84]. 264pp. With blank A1, and half-title. Contemporary speckled sheep, spine richly gilt. Lightly rubbed, upper board a trifle warped, small chip at head of spine, else a clean copy. Without RFEP, manuscript shelfmarks to FFEP, with the bookplate of 'The Most Honble.William Marquis of Lothian' to both FEP and REP. Translated from the first part (no further was published in English) of Die Betooverde Wereld (Amsterdam, 1691-3), by Dutch Reformed pastor and Cartestian natural philosopher Balthasar Bekker (1634-98). A significant work of Enlightenment rationalism; Die Betooverde Wereld formed a critical examination of supposed supernatural phenomena, debunking belief in the spirit world and possession by the devil, and attacking consequent persecution of witchcraft. In questioning established theological doctrine and prevailing social practice, Bekker's work provoked fierce reaction. He was tried for blasphemy and ejected from ministry, and his work, considered to contain atheistic views, banned in some more orthodox Dutch towns. Die Betooverde Wereld was not without its cheerleaders, however, with Eric Walten vigorously defending the work until his own death whilst in prison for his bla … [Click Below for Full Description]
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