Women 's View Of A Patriarchal World

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With a medieval Europe’s view of a patriarchal world, the idea of women as an inferiority to men was inevitable. However, the idea of women being “the wicked of all wickedness” (Kramer) elevated such view into what we know as misogyny. The medieval witch trials exemplifies the product of gender specific hatred outweighing the initial view of religious cleansing and stability. Thus, one argues that while both men and women were accused of being witches, the driving force behind such hysterical event was a fear or hatred of women by authorities- who were in fact mainly men.
In the early stages of the witch craze some theologians saw the need to repress such hysteria before it was too late. One such theologian, Saint Augustine argued that God alone could suspend the normal laws of the universe. In his view, “neither Satan nor witches had supernatural powers or were capable of effectively invoking magic of any sort. It was the "error of the pagans" to believe in "some other divine power than the one God." Of course, if witches are indeed powerless, the Church need not overly concern itself with their spells or other attempts at mischief ” (Linder, 2005). But, with the belief of the devil’s agenda to tempt the followers of God into wrongdoings, the Roman Catholics decentralized the idea of magic into two phases; that of god – which is good magic, and that of the devil- which is witchcraft or sorcery. An outlook that Thomas Aquinas expanded on in his work the Summa
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