Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Religious History of American WomenReimagining the Past$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Catherine A. Brekus

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831021

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807867990_brekus

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CSO for personal use (for details see http://www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 November 2017

Revelation, Witchcraft, and Eliz the Danger of Knowing God's Secrets

Revelation, Witchcraft, and Eliz the Danger of Knowing God's Secrets

Chapter:
(p.73) 2 Revelation, Witchcraft, and Eliz the Danger of Knowing God's Secrets
Source:
The Religious History of American Women
Author(s):

Elizabeth Reis

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807867990_brekus.5

This chapter illustrates why it is important to include women in narrative histories of Puritanism and why examining the experiences of both women and men changes our historical understanding of Puritanism. It highlights Puritan attitudes toward divine revelation and witchcraft by focusing on how Puritans accused women of being witches and denigrated their religious experiences. The chapter views Puritanism in New England as a strongly gendered faith that offered women spiritual equality in theory only and suggests that gender often created a double standard about knowing God's secrets. It also considers the ways that women and men were expected to express their spirituality in Puritan England. Finally, the chapter demonstrates how gender shaped Puritan perception and judgment with respect to salvation, wonders and revelations, and witches and angels.

Keywords:   women, Puritanism, divine revelation, witchcraft, witches, spirituality, gender, salvation, wonders, angels

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .