Whilst ecu notions approximately angels and demons have been exported to the recent global, they underwent extraordinary diversifications. Angels and demons got here to shape a vital part of the Spanish American cosmology, resulting in the emergence of colonial city and rural landscapes set inside of a strikingly theological framework. trust in celestial and demonic spirits quickly regulated and affected the day-by-day lives of Spanish, Indigenous and Mestizo peoples, whereas missionary networks circulated those practices to create a frequent and customarily accredited method of trust that flourished in seventeenth-century Baroque tradition and spirituality. This research of angels and demons opens a very illuminating window onto highbrow and cultural advancements within the centuries that the eu stumble upon with the United States. the amount can be of curiosity to students and scholars of non secular reports, anthropology of faith, background of rules, Latin American colonial historical past and church background.
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Gordon, ‘Renaissance Angel’, 52. Michael J. B. 2 (1975): 221. ’ Summa theologiae, ia, Q. 110, art. 3. The issue of spontaneously acquired knowledge is taken up by Ciruelo in Reprouacio´n pt. 3, ch. 1, 73–6. Ciruelo, however, denies any possible natural explanation. 76 Huarte, Examen, 314. Ibid. , 314–15. Huarte’s account stimulated a great deal of controversy. One of his most notable critics was Andre´s Vela´squez, who in his Libro de la melancholı´a denied the possibility of The devil in the Old World 35 An example of the experimental bent of preternatural philosophy can be found in the work of Dr Andre´s de Laguna, who served as royal physician to both Charles V and Philip II and is frequently cited as one of the prime representatives of medical humanism in Spain.
Because anti-superstition discourse necessarily dealt with preternatural phenomena, the line between anti-superstition literature and works on natural philosophy was often a blurry one. Alonso de Fuentes’s Summa de philosophia natural (1547) provides a case in point. Fuentes’s natural philosophy encompasses questions that could just as easily be found in 30 31 32 Gaspar Navarro, Tribunal de supersticio´n ladina (Huesca, 1631), 5v–6r. Ciruelo, Reprouacio´n, 44. Although the concept of the preternatural, like so many other aspects of anti-superstition discourse, can be found in embryonic form in Aquinas, it was not explicitly defined until the early seventeenth century, most notably in the work of the Jesuit Martı´n del Rı´o.
16 From the Old World to the New inevitably drawn into the field of demonology whenever they encountered strange singularities that could not be incorporated into existing explanatory schemas. 3 So marvels, wonders, prodigies and demons – entities once consigned to a sideshow of historical curiosities – have taken on new significance in scholarship on a variety of topics, from the reform of popular culture, to confessionalisation, to the history of science. This new emphasis is perhaps related to a wider scepticism about teleological narratives of scientific modernisation and political emancipation in which historical actors are definitively classified as either progressive or reactionary.
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