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But for people at large churching was indubitably a ritual of purification closely
linked to its Jewish predecessor.2 Radical Protestants were later to blame the
ceremony itself, which 'breedeth and nourisheth many superstitious opinions in
elements out of religion, to eliminate the idea that the rituals of the Church had
about them a mechanical efficacy, and to abandon the effort to endow physical
objects with supernatural qualities by special formulae of consecration and
His was a stereotyped ritual, not an application of previously worked-out theory.
Indeed in the sixteenth century the influence was as much the other way around.
Instead of the village sorcerer putting into practice the doctrines of Agrippa or ...
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The Magic of the Medieval Church
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