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The Devil in Massachusetts by Marion L. Starkey
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Aug 26, 2011

bookshelves: christianity, history, x-one-dollar, psychology, ordeal, america, _destroyed
Read from December 05 to 30, 2011 , read count: 1


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“But Mather's smile faded as he thought of what other provisions the charter contained. What would the godly say when they learned that the electorate was no longer to be limited to members of the Covenant but broadened to include propertied members of every Christian sect this side of papistry? This was a revolutionary innovation, whose consequences would be incalculable. Hitherto the limitation of the privilege of voting to the elect had been the very corner-stone of theocracy. It had been a wise and human provision designed to keep the faithful in control even when, as had long ago become the case, they were heavily outnumbered by lesser men without the Covenant. God who had not designated the majority of men to salvation surely never intended for the damned to rule. Yet now, under the new charter, it very much looked as if they might.”
Marion L. Starkey, The Devil in Massachusetts: A Modern Enquiry Into the Salem Witch Trials

Reading Progress

12/11 page 75
24.0% "Chapter V 'Gospel Witch'"
12/14 page 159
51.0% "Chapter XII 'Village Circe'"
12/16 page 187
60.0% "Chapter XV 'The Devil in Andover'"
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02/16 marked as: read
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