Magic, Religion, and Science in 16th and 17th Century Europe | Newberry

Magic, Religion, and Science in 16th and 17th Century Europe

Thursday, February 25, 2021


The Newberry

Michael Lynn, Purdue University Northwest
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The Age of the Witch Hunts coincided with the European Reformation and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution. But what was the relationship between religion, magic, and science? Was it possible to believe both in the Church and the ability of cunning-folk to heal, read palms, find lost property, or cast horoscopes? Could change in the world be determined both by natural laws and the work of magicians with the ability to manipulate nature? This seminar will explore the relationship between magic, religion, and science in early modern Europe with an eye toward understanding how both educated and uneducated people may have understood their world.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium participants may register for this seminar through their designated school administration contact, as space permits. Individual educators without a subscription package at their home institution may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual seminar slot at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 11, 2020. For more information about NTC subscription packages, please contact Cate Harriman, Teacher & Student Programs Coordinator, at

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