THE FIRST PART
THE FIRST PART TREATING OF THE THREE NECESSARY
CONCOMITANTS OF WITCHCRAFT, WHICH ARE THE DEVIL, A WITCH, AND THE PERMISSION
OF ALMIGHTY GOD
Whether the Belief that there are such Beings as Witches is so
Essential a Part of the Catholic Faith that Obstinacy to maintain the
Opposite Opinion manifestly savours of Heresy.
If it be in Accordance with the Catholic Faith to maintain that in Order
to bring about some Effect of Magic, the Devil must intimately co-operate
with the Witch, or whether one without the other, that is to say, the Devil
without the Witch, or conversely, could produce such an Effect.
Whether Children can be Generated by Incubi and Succubi.
By which Devils are the Operations of Incubus and Succubus Practised?
What is the Source of the Increase of Works of Witchcraft? Whence comes
it that the Practice of Witchcraft hath so notably increased?
Concerning Witches who copulate with Devils. Why is it that Women are
chiefly addicted to Evil superstitions?
Whether Witches can Sway the Minds of Men to Love or Hatred.
Whether Witches can Hebetate the Powers of Generation or Obstruct the
Whether Witches may work some Prestidigatory Illusion so that the Male
Organ appears to be entirely removed and separate from the Body.
Whether Witches can by some Glamour Change Men into Beasts.
That Witches who are Midwives in Various Ways Kill the Child Conceived in
the Womb, and Procure an Abortion; or if they do not this Offer New-born
Children to Devils.
Whether the Permission of Almighty God is an Accompaniment of Witchcraft.
Herein is set forth the Question, concerning the Two Divine Permissions
which God justly allows, namely, that the Devil, the Author or all Evil,
should Sin, and that our First Parents should Fall, from which Origins the
Works of Witches are justly suffered to take place.
SOLUTIONS OF THE ARGUMENTS.
The Enormity of Witches is Considered, and it is shown that the Whole
Matter should be rightly Set Forth and Declared.
It is Shown that, on Account of the Sins of Witches, the Innocent are
often Bewitched, yea, Sometimes even for their Own Sins.
The Foregoing Truths are Set out in Particular, this by a Comparison
of the Works of Witches with Other Baleful Superstitions.
A Comparison of their Crimes under Fourteen Heads, with the Sins of the
Devils of all and every Kind.
Here follows the Method of Preaching against and Controverting Five
Arguments of Laymen and Lewd Folk, which seem to be Variously Approved,
that God does not Allow so Great Power to the Devil and Witches as is
involved in the Performance of such Mighty Works of Witchcraft.
"The Malleus Maleficarum"
was transcribed by
Wicasta Lovelace and
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