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The Old Believer - "Witches are Satan's Puppets they...

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The Old Believer's v. Mainstream Russian Orthodox Church (17th Century) Both defined each other as deviant due to irrelevant points of faith. Old believers not only clung to a rigid interpretation of error-filled religious texts, they also rejected other western cultural influences, as well as the power of the Tsar. When the Old Believers failed to recant their faith, thousands were burned or burned themselves in an effort not to make a pact with the "Russian Orthodox Devil." Since the winner writes history and the orthodoxy triumphed, its definition prevailed and the "true" devils were burned. The Persecution of Witches in Renaissance Europe During the 1400 - mid 1600s, there was an attempt to destroy pre-Christian faith and consolidate church authority. The church demonized witchcraft and defined it as unholy and anti-religious:
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Unformatted text preview: "Witches are Satan's Puppets, they must be killed for the "good" of all." • Women defined as "witches" were purged for the "good" of society and burned for "consorting with the devil". • Demonic Perspective Why scapegoating? o Threats to traditional social and moral order. o The absolute domination of the Catholic Church was being challenged. Reformation - the separation of the sacred from the profane. o These threats called for the creation of a scapegoat, witches, who could be vilified and persecuted in order to firm up the moral boundaries of the society. o Rule by fear was an attempt by the Catholic Church to re-establish its former power, dominance and ascendancy....
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