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| October 24, 2002
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A Fresh Look at Witches and Demons
Professor Debunks Common Myths
In his book, Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex and the Crisis
Johns Hopkins Professor Walter Stephens takes a close look at the origin
of stories of witches and demons, examining how 15th century theologians
and others dealt with the phenomenon.
Stories of alleged witches' gruesome acts, says Stephens, comforted people
whose faith in God was challenged by the evil in the world, including
high rates of infant mortality, the plague, crop failure, wars and social
In this short video, Stephens talks about the more common myths about
witches and demons.
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To read more about Professor Stephens' work, read
this Question and Answer session.
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