Angels of Light? Sanctity and the Discernment of Spirits in by Clare Copeland, Jan Machielsen

By Clare Copeland, Jan Machielsen

“fascinating analyses […] those essays could be of curiosity to somebody drawn to the historical past of early glossy faith; between different issues, they make helpful, nuanced contributions to the controversy on no matter if the Reformation fostered the disenchantment of the world.”
Jeffrey R. Watt, college of Mississippi. In: The magazine of Ecclesiastical historical past, Vol. sixty five, No. 1 (January 2014), pp. 184-185.

This quantity explores person responses to the matter of discernment of spirits, and the adjoining challenge of real and fake holiness within the interval following the ecu Reformations.

Biographical note
Jan Machielsen, DPhil (2011) in historical past, college of Oxford, is a Junior examine Fellow at Balliol university, Oxford and a British Academy Postdoctoral examine Fellow. He has released numerous articles at the interaction of demonology and past due humanism.

Clare Copeland, DPhil (2010) in Theology, collage of Oxford is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Early smooth Catholicism at Somerville university, Oxford. Her monograph on canonization in early glossy Italy is imminent with Oxford collage Press

List of Illustrations
Editors’ Acknowledgments
Notes on individuals

Clare Copeland & Jan Machielsen

I Angels, Demons, and every thing in among: non secular Beings in Early sleek Europe
Euan Cameron

II risky Visions: The event of Teresa of Avila and the instructing of John of the pass.
Colin Thompson

III partaking within the Divine: Visions and Ecstasies in a Florentine Convent
Clare Copeland

IV Heretical Saints and Textual Discernment: The Polemical Origins of the Acta Sanctorum (1643–1940)
Jan Machielsen

V Discerning the “Call” and Fashioning lifeless Disciples: the various Lives of Augustine Baker
Victoria Van Hyning

VI A Seventeenth-Century Prophet confronts His disasters: Paul Felgenhauer’s Speculum Poenitentiae, Buß-Spiegel (1625)
Leigh T. I. Penman

VII Visions, desires, and the Discernment of Prophetic Passions: feel and cause within the Writings of the Cambridge Platonists and John Beale, 1640–60
R. J. Scott

VIII Gijsbert Voet and Discretio Spirituum after Descartes
Anthony Ossa-Richardson

IX “Incorporeal Substances”: Discerning Angels in Later Seventeenth-Century England
Laura Sangha

Afterword: Angels of sunshine and pictures of Sanctity
Stuart Clark

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80 Two important consequences followed for Protestant thought. First, Reformed theologians embarked on an elaborate and detailed campaign to discredit the rite of exorcising spirits from people as practised in Catholicism. Here the Reformed (“Calvinist”) theologians were on the whole more consistent and forthright than their For Protestant arguments that prayer was the only proper response to demonic possession or vexation, see Cameron, Enchanted Europe, 205–6, 215. 78 WA, 18:139; LW, 40:149. 79 WA, 40/1: 318–22; LW, 26:194–97, commentary on Galatians 3:1.

14648). The surviving copy of the latter is a four-leaf fragment. html#france. , Melusine of Lusignan: Founding Fiction in Late Medieval France (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996) and Claudia Steinkämper, Melusine - vom Schlangenweib zur “Beauté mit dem Fischschwanz”: Geschichte einer literarischen Aneignung (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007). Luther alluded to the story of “Melusina” in Luthers Werke: kritische Gesamtausgabe (Weimar: Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1883–1948) [henceforth, WA] Tischreden no.

Of Devils and Spirits, in his The Discovery of Witchcraft: [ . . ] Whereunto is Added an Excellent Discourse of the Nature and Substance of Devils and Spirits (London, 1665), chs. 14–18. 77 42 EUAN CAMERON Lutheran counterparts, especially towards the end of the sixteenth century. 81 Confessional-era Lutheran ecclesiastics would insist on retaining a modest and suitably purged ritual of exorcism for use in baptism, in keeping with Luther’s theology that human bodies in this world remained in the possession of the devil and needed to be prised from his grasp.

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