Category: History

Early Christian resistance to witch hunts

Between 40,000 and 60,000 people died in the witch hunts of the Early Modern period1. Three developments in Christian doctrine contributed: 1) a return to belief in witches, 2) changes in the doctrine of Satan, 3) the identification of witchcraft as heresy. Belief in witches was widespread in medieval Europe,2 and the secular legal codes of Europe punished witchcraft as […]