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the study of demons or demonic beliefs



in a number of religions a teaching concerning evil spirits that originated historically from a primitive belief in spirits.

Demonology is most important in religions with a dualistic division of the universe into a world of good and evil (for example, Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism). In later religions that experienced the influence of Zoroastrianism (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) demonology also became an important part of doctrinal belief.

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I speculate that the unguents and ointments found by demonologists and other persecutors consisted mainly of burnt residue from the toxic and semitoxic substances that were incinerated and inhaled.
Finally, Jean Ceard examines the lingering hold that the demonology of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries exerted upon the imaginations of the later Romantics, as exemplified by authors such as Jacques Collin de Plancy, who "rediscovered" earlier demonologists.
Demonologists in the fifteenth century were already presenting extended arguments against the idea that witches were really melancholics, suggesting that the medical model already had currency.
Many readers not drawn to the anachronistic aspects of this impassioned conclusion will nonetheless find themselves enlightened and engaged by Maggi's skillful, even brilliant, reconstruction of how demons and demonologists thought and spoke about each other in Counter Reformation Europe.
We would merely replace the Tory 'backwoodsmen' beloved by Labour demonologists with a new breed of unelected placemen and women whose right to rule is in the gift of political leaders rather than the electorate at large.
Played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, Lorraine and Ed Warren were known American demonologists who founded the New England Society for Psychic Research in 1952 and claimed to have investigated more than 10,000 cases of paranormal activities.
Medieval inquisitors had played a role in creating this fantasy, but sixteenth-century demonologists conducted a spirited debate on the subject, which Decker discusses at length.
So Renaissance demonologists examined spirits "come from the past to address us with some burning request" (24).
Hence, implicitly drawing on the "familiar association between treason and the demonic" (10) and on the scriptural assertion (oft-quoted by demonologists and political theorists alike) that "rebellion is as the sinne of witchcraft" (1 Sam.
He acknowledges the misogyny present, but always insists that, deeper still, demonologists were motivated by theological fears to do with maintaining their faith.
64) On the one hand, the demonologists (and, following them, generations of historians) may have emphasized the pact with the Devil, but in general the law put equal emphasis on harmful magic, while commoners, as already noted, were far more interested in this aspect of the crime than its theological implications.
In this climate, demonologists could only decry the crown's and the courts' failures to deal adequately with cases of demonic possession, and rail against the demonic motivations of Huguenots and religious and political moderates.