The History of the Supernatural in All Ages and Nations

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 27, 2011 - Religion - 498 pages
This two-volume history of the supernatural, first published in 1863, is a staggering feat: extending his work across almost a thousand pages, William Howitt attempts to describe the engagement with the supernatural in all ages and all parts of the world in order to identify a common link between them. Howitt (1792-1879), a well-known writer in his day, published over fifty books in his lifetime, some in collaboration with his wife, writer and translator Mary Howitt. His interest in the supernatural was precipitated by the untimely deaths of two sons. Beginning with a chapter on magic and its relation to the supernatural, this second volume concentrates mainly on Christian history, detailing the spiritualist aspects of the early church, medieval heresy, the Reformation, and nineteenth-century supernatural engagement, also including pagan and neo-platonic perceptions.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
1
CHAPTER II
21
SUPERNATURAL IN THE WALDENSIAN CHURCH
32
THE SUPERNATURAL AMONGST THE SOCALLED HERETICS AND MYSTICS
41
Rejection of Miracles by Protestantism A Recent Discovery of a Copy of
84
CHAPTER VII
116
CHAPTER IX
150
CHAPTER X
168
CHAPTER XV
276
Madame Chiyons Spiritualism that of the Fathers and Saints of the Catholic
311
THE PROPHETS OF THE CEVENNES
322
THE WESLEYS WHITEFIELD AND FLETCHER OF MADELEY
349
BOHME SWEDENBORG AND IRVING
377
Sentiments of Michelet and Vinet on the Introduction of New Truths
394
CHAPTER XX
403
All Poets Spiritualists in their WritingsArtists the sameRaphael Michael
412

SPIRITUALISM IN ENGLAND
214
CHAPTER XII
235
Dr Pordage and the Philadelphian Society The Willpower of Spirits
243
SPIRITUALISM AMONGST THE DISSENTERS
252
CHAPTER XXII
429
CHAPTER XXIII
460
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