The great comet of 1680; a study in the history of rationalism

9781232326601: The great comet of 1680; a study in the history of rationalism
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 Excerpt: ...far as the intellectual class as a whole is concerned. In England itself the witchcraft delusion was declining, although in the very year of the Great Comet Glanvil's elaborate defence of witchcraft persecution, the "Sadducismus Triumphatus," was published. But the torturing of the witches had not yet ceased in Scotland and America. The wide-spread belief in the value of the King's Touch was never 'For the Deistic movement, see A. C. McGiffert, Protestant Thought before Kant. N. Y. 1911, pp. 186ff.--64--more prevalent than just at this time. The King's Evil must have been epidemic, for between 1660 and 1682, more than ninety-two thousand persons were touched for this disease by Charles II.1 It is hardly necessary necessary to say that medicine as yet was largely under the dominion of alchemy and astrology.2 Astrology was in much vogue judging from the numerous works published in the latter half of the century. It was thoroughly identified with the Christian view of the world, and even theologians wrote on behalf of the "art." In 1647 William Lilly published his "Christian Astrology" and in 1674 appeared his "Anima Astrologiae, or a Guide for Astrologers." In the ten years immediately preceding the appearance of the Great Comet, writers on astrology seem to have been extremely active. Quite possibly this was due to the increasing vehemency of the attacks on the superstition. In 1670 the sixth edition of W. Eland's "Primer of Astrology" appeared. In the following year an "Astrological Guide" was published under the name of Will Thrasher, and in 1674 Gadbury's "Thesaurus Astrologiae" was printed. The year 1680 saw a number of interesting works. John Partridge published a volume entitled &quo...

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