People 's Views On Witches

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People’s views on witches have transformed from the pre-modern period to today. During the pre-modern time, many people believed the Devil carried out evil deeds through witches, but the witches were to blame for all of the misfortunes caused (Kramer and Sprenger 2). The modern era, though, rejects that belief. Today, it is rumored that witches are no longer associated with the Devil, and a witch is anyone at all who performs magic (Bolds 1). The definition of a “witch” as a whole has transformed completely due to the diversity in opinions. Initially, it appears a witch can be defined as a person who performs magic by conforming to these simple guidelines; however, I argue that a witch is much more complex than that because magic can be used for good or evil in witchcraft. Witchcraft does not directly correspond to religion; however, religions may have certain beliefs about witchcraft. In their pre-modern treatise Malleus Maleficarum, Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger state that witchcraft is futile without the Devil, a witch, and the permission of God (Kramer and Sprenger 12). In the modern text “RELIGIOUS: Witches, not what you’d expect,” Meagan Bolds argues that a person can practice any religion or no religion and still be referred to as a witch. The only condition for Bolds is that the person holds the ability to perform magic of some sort (Bolds 1). Therefore, magic no longer stands as a burden to society. Instead, Bolds thinks of magic as a right (Bolds 1). This
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