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Mather, Cotton 1663-1728

Works: 2,325 works in 9,422 publications in 3 languages and 141,659 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Sources  Church history  Poetry  Diaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bibliography  Trials, litigation, etc  Commentaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, Composer, Dedicatee, Redactor, Attributed name, Adapter, Honoree
Classifications: F67, B
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The wonders of the invisible world : being an account of the tryals of several witches lately executed in New-England by Cotton Mather( Book )
105 editions published between 1692 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Cotton Mather's mythic image rests largely on his involvement in the Salem witchcraft debacle (1692-93) and on his Wonders of the Invisible World (1693). The work aims at several purposes. On the one hand, Wonders is New England's official defense of the court's verdict and testimony to the power of Satan and his minions; on the other, it is Mather's contribution to pneumatology, with John Gaul, Matthew Hale, John Dee, William Perkins, Joseph Glanville, and Richard Baxter in the lead. Before Mather excerpts the six most notorious cases of Salem witchcraft, he buttresses his account with the official endorsement of Lt. Governor William Stoughton, with a disquisition on the devil's machinations described by the best authorities that the subject affords, with a previously delivered sermon at Andover, and with his own experimentations. Mather's Wonders, however, does not end without a due note of caution. While exposing Satan's plot to overthrow New England's churches, Mather also recommends his father's caveat Cases of Conscience (1693), thus effectively rejecting the use of "spectral evidence" as grounds for conviction and condemning confessions extracted under torture. What ties the various parts together is Mather's millenarian theme of Christ's imminence, of which Satan's plot is the best evidence. Robert Calef's accusation that Mather and his ilk incited the hysteria is, perhaps, unfounded, but Calef's charge of Mather's ambidextrous disposition seems warranted. For while Mather defends the court's verdict and justifies the government's position, he also voices his great discomfort with the court's procedure in the matter. Wonders appeared in print just when the trials were halting, but it remains, in his own words, "that reviled Book," a bane to his name."--Page 4 of cover
Magnalia Christi Americana; or, The ecclesiastical history of New-England from its first planting in the year 1620 unto the year of Our Lord 1698, in seven books by Cotton Mather( Book )
75 editions published between 1702 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays to do good addressed to all Christians, whether in public or private capacities by Cotton Mather( Book )
59 editions published between 1807 and 2010 in English and held by 1,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Christian philosopher: a collection of the best discoveries in nature, with religious improvements by Cotton Mather( Book )
39 editions published between 1720 and 2010 in English and held by 1,026 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The prominent Puritan clergyman Cotton Mather published The Christian Philosopher in 1721. This work was intended to demonstrate the harmony between science and religion. Mather surveyed all the known sciences from astronomy and physics to human anatomy. He presented evidence that both celestial and terrestrial phenomena imply an intelligent designer
Selections from Cotton Mather by Cotton Mather( Book )
33 editions published between 1926 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The day of doom; or, A poetical description of the great and last judgment, with other poems by Michael Wigglesworth( )
47 editions published between 1715 and 1973 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bonifacius : an essay upon the good by Cotton Mather( Book )
19 editions published between 1966 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ornaments for the daughters of Zion by Cotton Mather( Book )
56 editions published between 1691 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Magnalia Christi Americana, books I and II by Cotton Mather( Book )
21 editions published between 1820 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narratives of the Indian wars, 1675-1699 by Charles Henry Lincoln( Book )
15 editions published between 1913 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Manuductio ad ministerium directions for a candidate of the ministry by Cotton Mather( Book )
37 editions published between 1726 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Family-religion, excited and assisted. Offered to the reason and conscience of the prayerless housholder by Cotton Mather( )
46 editions published between 1707 and 1740 in 3 languages and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The diary of Cotton Mather, D.D., F.R.S. for the year 1712 by Cotton Mather( Book )
7 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An epistle to the Christian Indians giving them a short account, of what the English desire them to know and to do in order to their happiness. by Cotton Mather( Book )
36 editions published between 1700 and 1706 in 3 languages and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Parentator memoirs of remarkables in the life and death of the ever-memorable Dr. Increase Mather, who expired, August 23, 1723 by Cotton Mather( Book )
27 editions published between 1724 and 2005 in English and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The religion of the closet. an essay, on the holy employments which are proper for a Christian in his daily retirements, or, A Christian furnished with, a companion for solitude. by Cotton Mather( )
29 editions published between 1705 and 1715 in English and Undetermined and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ratio disciplinae fratrum Nov-Anglorum : a faithful account of the discipline professed and practised in the churches of New-England by Cotton Mather( Book )
31 editions published between 1726 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
American 1663-1728
Another hand 1663-1728
C. M 1663-1728
C. M (Cotton Mather), 1663-1728
English minister 1663-1728
M, C. 1663-1728
M., C. (Cotton Mather), 1663-1728
Mather, C. 1663-1728
Mather, C. (Cotton), 1663-1728
Philalethes 1663-1728
Philopolites 1663-1728
English (972)
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