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A pagan witch doctor is to sorcery what a Christian exorcist is to witchcraft. In
Catholic demonology, possession by any evil spirit became limited to possession
by a Christian devil. As a Christian devil, he admitted the superior power of the
Christian God and therefore obeyed the commands of a Christian priest acting
through exorcism on behalf of God and the Church. Yet the Christian rites of
exorcism are not fundamentally different from similar ceremonies in other
religions against ...
While completely rejecting any Jewish approximation of witchcraft, Jews
continued their own traditions of sorcery or magic, the non-essential trappings of
Christian witchcraft. There was, for example, a Jewish incubus. In Christian
doctrine, intercourse (whether voluntary or enforced) with a devil merited death
for bestiality, because the devil was not human. Jewish thought viewed it less
seriously (e.g., it could not justify divorce) simply because the relationship was
with a devil.
Anyone who supported the Devil was obviously fighting the Christian God and
must consequently be stopped by the Christian Church before he spread these
wrong ideas further. As early as A.D. 382, the Christian Church decreed that
anyone convicted of opposition, i.e., heresy, was to be executed. Then followed
certain conclusions, all quite logical if the major assumptions were accepted.
Since the crime of aiding the Devil— witchcraft — was not physical but spiritual, it
could not be ...
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