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The revolt of democratic Christianity and the rise of public opinion

to risk being accused of sympathy with the enemies of France, notably England. Thus, we might be able to say that the Huguenot issue was ‘shelved’ as a political question, but the influence of the persecutions on those already not well disposed towards the Gallican hierarchy and its relationship with the monarch is entirely another matter. So, while we can assert that no deist movement or indeed any tangible increase in ‘public’ deism resulted from humanitarian outrage at the treatment of the Huguenots, it does not mean those events were without influence inside

in The Enlightenment and religion
From the ‘militant’ to an ‘immunised’ route?

revolution of values in the state-run schools with the purpose of bolstering Jewish national identity among pupils. And, indeed, in May 2001, a broad reform of high school study curricula was initiated. In the context of this reform, the nationwide study programme was supplemented with a new field called ‘The Heritage of Israel’ which included, inter alia, the teaching of texts from the Talmud and the Torah and the introduction of pupils to significant personages in the history of Zionism. Prima facie, there is nothing wrong with this: democratic polities all over

in The Israeli response to Jewish extremism and violence
The Catholic challenge during the Thirty Years’ War

heard rumours about Margaretha’s story and the burning of the chair at the mill and wanted an official report on the matter, or whether – as Rothenburg subjects – the Hermans had gone into the city of their own volition in order to apprise the council of an affair which threatened deleterious consequences for its authority in Gebsattel.10 Given the long history of conflict over the exercise of lordship in Gebsattel, the latter explanation is the more likely. The arrest of Margaretha by the council on 18 May can certainly only be understood in the context of a long

in Witchcraft narratives in Germany
The discourse of spirits in Enlightenment Bristol

7 Beyond the witch trials Public infidelity and private belief? Public infidelity and private belief ? The discourse of spirits in Enlightenment Bristol Jonathan Barry Recent work on the history of witchcraft and magic has identified three themes or approaches as of particular importance in our understanding of a subject which, although it has been centre stage since the publication of Religion and the Decline of Magic in 1971, has continued to trouble historians. The first problem, acknowledged as ‘the most baffling aspect of this difficult subject’ by Thomas

in Beyond the witch trials