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Original Documents Relating to Hawthorne and Ideas of Good and Evil

Original Documents Relating to Hawthorne and Ideas of Good and Evil

  • In these excerpts from Cotton Mather's The Wonders of the Invisible World, 1693, he presents his understanding and explanation of the events of Salem's witchcraft episode.

  • Excerpts from Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana (Boston, 1702).
Plate II, Adam and Eve, Derby Family Bible, Universal Bible, 1759 ed.
Plate II, Adam and Eve, Derby Family Bible, Universal Bible, 1759 ed.
Print of Adam and Eve as Their Disobedience to God in the Garden of Eden Brings Sin and Death into the World, the Original Sin Precipitating the Fall of All Humanity (courtesy of Salem Maritime National Historic Site)
Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 17,18, and 19 from Derby Family Bible
Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 17,18, and 19 from Derby Family Bible
The scriptural passage serves as a source for the Calvinistic Doctrine of Original Sin whereby all descendants of the Original Sinners, in other words all humanity sprung from Adam and Eve, are presumed to share the defect of the parents, the inherent tendency to go against God and serve sin. The Doctrine serves as the premise for people's need to seek salvation from their evil nature by confessing their state and seeking salvation through rebirth in the Savior, Jesus Christ.  (courtesy of Salem Maritime National Historic Site)
Title Page of Cotton Mather's  <I>The Wonders of the Invisible World </I>
Title Page of Cotton Mather's The Wonders of the Invisible World
Cotton Mather's defense of the Salem Witchcraft Trials portrayed those involved as caught in a battle between the forces of good and evil in the New World.  



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