Diabolism in Colonial Peru, 1560–1750 (Religious Cultures in by Andrew Redden

By Andrew Redden

Makes use of a multidisciplinary method of examine the transcultural phenomenon of the satan in early glossy Peru. This paintings demonstrates that the interplay among the Christian and the Andean worlds used to be way more advanced than any interpretation that posits a transparent dichotomy among conversion and resistance might recommend.

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71 For historical rather than hagiographical purposes, the timing of the arrival is not as important as the impact that the news had on the Prioress and the other nuns in the convent. Their reaction was indicative of their fear of the long reach of the Inquisition, arguably under the sway of the current Viceroy Francisco de Toledo, which appeared to be focusing its attention on theologians who looked for inspiration in the writings of Bartolomé de las Casas. 72 More importantly, the reaction to the friar’s execution demonstrated a sense of anxiety that the fortress-City of God was not as impenetrable as hitherto believed.

1725) and artists Caspar Luiken (d. 1708) and Jan Luiken (d. 1712). Historiae Celebriores Novi Testamenti: Iconibus Repraesentatae et Ad excitandas bonas meditationes selectis Epigrammatibus exornatae (Noribergae, 1712), p. 108. Under Siege By the sixteenth century, nominalist tendencies had come to have a marked influence on theology. Nominalism’s importance to demonology was that it blurred the boundaries that realist theologians had identified to try to understand God’s laws. 57 Fallen nature and the temptations of the flesh were more often than not seen as an impediment to the relationship between an individual and God.

As such they might overwhelm the magician with wild delusions and subversive prophecies aimed at the destruction of the kingdom of God, but if that did not prove possible, then the demon would concentrate on effecting the destruction of the magician and those he was able to influence. Cities of God Besieged 31 From the Inquisitorial point of view, therefore, Francisco de la Cruz was a warning of the cracks that had appeared in the fortifications of the City of God on which the devil would concentrate his assault.

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