Witch-Hunts in Puritan New England - Research Article from Witchcraft in America

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The Devil Among Them

Since the Puritans saw themselves as God's chosen people, they believed they had been sent to the New World (the European term for North and South America) to wage a battle against the agents of the devil (the Christian term for the source of all evil). Consequently, they considered Native Americans, European settlers of different faiths, and the unpredictable forces of nature to be forms of the devil himself—and therefore direct challenges to the will of God. As soldiers in the war between good and evil, the Puritans established a highly structured society with rigid laws and rules based on the Christian holy book, the Bible. They viewed any sinful act as treason against the entire community and an invitation to the devil. To avoid transgression (an act in violation of a law), the church tightly controlled every aspect...

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