International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées

Fallen Angels

Balthasar Bekker, Spirit Belief, and Confessionalism in the Seventeenth Century Dutch Republic

Authors: Fix, A.

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-1531-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-5876-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-5285-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

Dutch Reformed pastor Balthasar Bekker (1634-1698) has long been recognized as a key figure in the end of the witchcraft persecutions in early modern Europe. With the publication of his monumental four-volume work The World Bewitched Bekker argued against the temporal activity of the devil and evil spirits as well as against the reality of witchcraft, sorcery, and spirit possession. Yet Bekker's ideas drew opposition from Dutch Reformed clergymen who charged that his use of Cartesian philosophy to reject the temporal activity of spirits threatened much of traditional religious faith.
This book argues that it wa Bekker's exegesis of biblical passages in which spirits and spirit activity were mentioned that was a far greater threat than his Cartesian metaphysics to the literal interpretation of the Bible which was the intellectual cornerstone of Dutch reformed confessionalism, dominant in the church since the Synod of Dordrecht (1618-1619). With an examination of the ideas of Bekker, his opponents and supporters, this book places the controversy around The World Bewitched within the context of the Cartesian debates of the seventeenth century and the growth of confessionalism within the Dutch Reformed church.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Balthasar Bekker and the Spirit Debate

    Fix, Andrew

    Pages 3-12

  • Bekker, the Sabbath, and Dutch Reformed Confessionalism

    Fix, Andrew

    Pages 13-34

  • Cartesianism and the Spirit Controversy

    Fix, Andrew

    Pages 35-57

  • The Friesian Hercules

    Fix, Andrew

    Pages 59-79

  • Bekker’s Opponents: Confessionalism under Siege and Cartesianism in Crisis

    Fix, Andrew

    Pages 83-106

Buy this book

eBook $159.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-1531-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-7923-5876-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-90-481-5285-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Services for this Book

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fallen Angels
Book Subtitle
Balthasar Bekker, Spirit Belief, and Confessionalism in the Seventeenth Century Dutch Republic
Authors
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
165
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-1531-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-1531-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-5876-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5285-8
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 184
Topics