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Friday, December 5, 2008

"Witch Hunt"

05 December 1484Pope Innocent VIII releases a letter  known as Summis Desiderantes Effectibus ("Desiring with Supreme Ardor") that condemned witches and authorized  "inquisitors," led by Dominicans Jakob Sprenger and Heinrich Kramer, to root out those suspected to be involved in the Dark Arts.  Two years later, Sprenger and Kramer publish a manual for witch-hunting, the Malleus Maleficarum ("Hammer of Witches"), which all the more fired up the frenzy.

Source: Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, Demons, Witches, and the Occult (Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1983), 72-75.

Recommended online article: Pavlac, Brian A. "Ten Common Errors and Myths about the Witch Hunts, Corrected and Commented," Prof. Pavlac's Women's History Resource Site. (June 6, 2006). URL: <> (04 December 2008).


chloe said...

my grandfather is a mambunong.

he is a witch or a wizard in the light of him being a man.

but could he fall under the ones practicing the dark arts?

scott saboy said...

hi chloe, huuge question! :) as an indigenous person and a christian, this issue is one of those things that i agonize over... see my response @